POLICE SKETCH RESEARCH
While serving as a detective with the Baltimore County Police Department (1991-2014), Dr. Lang worked as an ad hoc forensic artist for 13 years, completing 102 police composites. After becoming a scholar in 2019, he researches police sketches based on his real casework. His key finding is that witness confidence and accuracy ratings have no correlation with conviction rates. (Article in process.)
LAW & CRIME COMMENTATOR
Since December 2019, Dr. Ken Lang has regularly appeared on the Law & Crime Trial Network proving expert commentation concerning criminal investigation practices in criminal trials covered on the network. He has been instrumental with network coverage of cases, including New York v. Harvey Weinstein and Minnesota v. Derrick Chauvin, providing valuable insight for the audience.
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE INITIATIVES
Developing an interest in restorative justice as an avenue to criminal justice reform, Dr. Lang has worked with state legislators and lobbyists in West Virginia to bring about more robust laws. Additionally, he is currently working with the United States District Court of Northern West Virginia to develop a restorative justice approach with drug offenders.