NAS REPORT ON FORENSIC SCIENCE & CRIME LABS

“The truth is that promoting science isn’t just about providing resources—it’s about protecting free and open inquiry. It’s about ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology." - President Obama (Radio address on Dec20, 2008

NATIONAL FORENSIC SCIENCE COMMISSION

DOJ and NIST Announce Launch of National Commission on Forensic Science
National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS)
Members of NCFS
Subcommittees of NCFS
Meetings of NCFS
Written public comments for 1st and 2nd meetings
2nd meeting of National Commission on Forensic Science Webcast
3rd meeting of National Commission on Forensic Science Webcast
U.S. Departments of Justice and Commerce Name Experts to First-ever National Commission on Forensic Science
National Commission Begins Work to Strengthen Forensic Science
National Forensic Science Commission to Set Standards for Crime Labs
Forcing Change In Forensic Science (C&EN)
Promise and peril: the national forensic science commission (Crime Lab Report)
FEDS TO CREATE CSI COMMISSION
U.S. to commit scientists and new commission to fix forensic science (WASHINGTON POST)
American Academy of Forensic Sciences Supports New National Commission on Forensic Science (The Wallstreet Journal)

MEDIA COVERAGE, COMMENTS & RESPONSES

NAS REPORT
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Forensic Science Reform:FEDERAL OVERSIGHT AND STANDARDS FOR FORENSIC SCIENCE

Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward - Report from the National Research Council-'Badly Fragmented' Forensic Science System Needs Overhaul-350 pages

Read Full Report online(254 pages)

NAS Report: Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward: 55 page Executive Summary

'Badly fragmented' forensic science system needs overhaul (Public release by NAS)

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FORENSIC SCIENCE (NIFS): LEGISLATIVE OUTLINE (Draft)
U.S. House of Representatives: Committee on Science and Technology: Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation: Hearing on March 18, 2009

Statement of Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
SUBCOMMITTEE EXPLORES FORENSIC SCIENCE NEEDS
US Congress Investigates Forensic Science Requirements
Opening Statement: The Honorable Adrian Smith, Ranking Member
Statement of Peter M. Marone Director, Virginia Department of Forensic Science
Statement of Carol E. Henderson, Professor, Stetson University College of Law and Director, The National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law
Statement of John W. Hicks
TESTIMONY OF PETER NEUFELD CO-DIRECTOR, THE INNOCENCE PROJECT
Statement of James Claude Upshaw Downs, MD, Forensic Pathologist/Consultant, Georgia Bureau of Investigation

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings

Hearing on March 18, 2009

Transcript of Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings on March 18, 2009
Statement of The Honorable Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman

An open letter from ASCLD to Senator Patrick Leahy
Statement of The Honorable Judge Harry T. Edwards, Co-Chair, Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Science Community
Comments of Senator Jay Rockefeller, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and Rep. John Conyers, the chairman of the U.S. House of Represenatives Judiciary Committee
Hearing on September 9, 2009

Statement of U.S. Senator Russell D. Feingold, Wisconsin
Statement of The Honorable Al Franken, Senator, Minnesota
Testimony of Eric Buel, Ph.D., Director, Vermont Forensic Laboratory
TESTIMONY OF PETER NEUFELD, CO-DIRECTOR, THE INNOCENCE PROJECT
Testimony of Matthew F. Redle, County and Prosecuting Attorney, Sheridan County, Wyoming
Testimony of Barry D. Matson, Deputy Director, Alabama District Attorneys Association, Chief Prosecutor, Alabama Computer Forensics Laboratories, Montgomery, AL
Testimony of Harold L. Hurt, Chief of Police, City of Houston, TX
STATEMENT OF PAUL C. GIANNELLI, WEATHERHEAD PROFESSOR OF LAW, CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY

Sen. Leahy Proposes Landmark Forensics Reform Legislation Jan 25, 2011
Sen. Leahy Proposes Landmark Forensics Reform Legislation
S. 132: Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Reform Act of 2011: Sponsor: Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT], Jan 25, 2011

The Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Reform Act (S. 2177) 2014
Sen. Leahy & Cornyn Introduce Sweeping Forensics Reform Legislation
Sen. Rockefeller’s bill, The Forensic Science and Standards Act of 2014
Sen. Rockefeller Introduces Bill to Advance Forensic Science Reform

Hearing on Dec 07, 2011

Hearings: Turning the Investigation on the Science of Forensics,Dec 07 2011
Turning the Investigation on the Science of Forensics - Video 126 min
Statement of Chairman Sen. John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV
Testimony of Mr. John Grisham, Author
Testimony of Dr. Constantine A. Gatsonis
testimony of Mr. Geoffrey S. Mearns
Testimony of Dr. Terry W. Fenger
ASA President Sends Letters to Senate Committee Chairmen on Forensic Science Reform

Hearing on July 18, 2012

Subcommittee Hearings Video
Statement of The Honorable Patrick Leahy
Written Testimony for Mr. Scott Burns, Esq. Executive Director National District Attorneys Association (NDAA)
TESTIMONY OF PETER NEUFELD CO-DIRECTOR, THE INNOCENCE PROJECT
Testimony of Jill Spriggs, Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations, President, American Society of Crime Lab Directors
Statement of Commander Stephanie Stoiloff, Co-Chair, Forensic Science Committee, International Association of Chiefs of Police

National Science and Technology Council (NSTC)
CHARTER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON FORENSIC SCIENCE, COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL
NSTC Committee on Science
National Science and Technology Council Committee on Science: Subcommittee on Forensic Science: Initial Overview Briefing
NSTC Subcommittee on Forensic Science and Forensics Members
Forensic Science, Research, Development, Testing & Evaluation (Jeff Salyards Program Manager, Science and Technology, U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Laboratory
NAS Report in the Media: National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law (NCSTL.org)

RESPONSES & COMMENTS
The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Comments on National Academy of Sciences' 'Forensic Needs' Report
ASCLD’s Comments on the Release of the NAS Report on Forensic Science

CFSO Calls for Roundtable to Develop National Strategy for Advancing Forensic Sciences in the United States

The Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board's Comments on the NAS Report

The American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) response to NAS report

The Society of Forensic Toxicologists Comments on the NAS report

SWGFAST Comments on NAS report

American Statistical Association Statement on Strengthening Forensic Science
Peter Neufeld, Barry Scheck & Madeline deLone (Innocence Project) letter to Laurie Robinson, DOJ Presidential Transition Team about creation of a “National Institute of Forensic Science”

FORENSIC SCIENCE OVERSIGHT AND POLICY DEVELOPMENT: LESSONS FROM NEW YORK AND OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THE COMING NEW ERA OF FORENSIC SCIENCE REFORM (Barry Scheck)


RESPONSE FROM LAW ASSOCIATIONS & LAW JOURNALS
The National Academy of Sciences Report on Forensic Sciences: What it Means for the Bench and Bar by the Homorable Harry T. Eswards
Draft Report Condemns Shoddy Practices at Many Crime Labs (American Bar Association Journal)

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF EFFORTS TO STRENGTHEN FORENSIC SCIENCE IN THE UNITED STATES - NDAA

National Academy of Sciences Finds Serious Deficiencies' in Nation's Crime Labs (National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL))

Crime Labs in Disarray Nationally; Reform, Independence Needed, Report Says (American Bar Association Journal)

National report finds forensic science labs underfunded, understaffed and without proper oversight (The National Law Journal)

National Academy of Science Report on Crime Lab Deficiencies, Office of Indigent Defence Services, North Carolina

Junk Science Used To Decide Defendants’ Fates by NORM PATTIS (Connecticut Law Tribune)

National Academies of Science: Trust Nothing (blog.simplejustice.us)

Crime Lab Closures Lead to Backlogs while Report Set to Criticize Widely Used Forensic Techniques (FindLaw)

Law college hosts conference on future of forensic science

Setting forensic science on a new path Editorial-HEINONLAW)
Defense Counsel View Report as New Weapon (LAW.COM)

COVERAGE ON TV
Crime labs are seriously deficient, report says (NBC)
Crime labs need major overhaul, study finds (CNN)

New Report Calls for Forensic Science Reform (KLAS-TV: Los Vegas)

Man blames science for nearly 20 years he spent in prison (CNN.com)

COVERAGE ON RADIO
Crime Labs and Dismal Science: One Hour Radio show with Judge Harry Edwards, Barry Scheck, Barry Fisher & Prof. James Doyle (NPR: On Point)
Call For Forensics Overhaul Linked To 'CSI' Effect (Listen Now:4min 15sec)(NPR)

Report: Forensics Rife With 'Serious Problems' ((Listen Now:4min 6sec)(NPR)

Foolproof Forensics? The Jury Is Still Out (NPR)
Forensic Fact Checking (WCPN 90.3FM/NPR)


COVERAGE IN WIRESERVICES, NEWSPAPERS & MAGAZINES
Report: Real-world CSI's lack consistent standards-By DEVLIN BARRETT (AP)
U.S. forensic crime labs need ajor reform: experts (Reuters)

Study: Forensics rely on flawed science (UPI)

US forensic science needs total overhaul: study (AFP)


Study Calls for Oversight of Forensics in Crime Labs (New York Times)

Science Found Wanting in Nation’s Crime Labs (New York Times)

Crime Scene Imperfections (New York Times Editorial)

Plugging Holes in the Science of Forensics (New York Times)

Advances in Science of Fire Free a Convict After 42 Years (New York Times
Clueless 'science' by Jennifer L. Mnookin, Professor and vice dean at UCLA Law (Los Angels Times)
Report questions science, reliability of crime lab evidence (Los Angels Times)

L.A. Times on Forensics Reform
Report: Real-world police forensics don't resemble 'CSI' (USA Today)

Evidence Of Injustice: FBI's Bullet Lead Analysis Used Flawed Science To Convict Hundreds Of Defendants (60 Minutes/The Washington Post Joint Investigation)

High Court to Hear DNA Testing Case: Justices to Debate Whether Convicts Should Be Guaranteed Access to Latest Techniques (The Washington Post)

Supreme Court Ruling Requiring Lab Analyst Testimony Worries Prosecutors (The Washington Post)
Federal report finds deficiencies in use of forensics in criminal cases(Post-Gazette.com)
Forensic science not much science, study says (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Real-world CSI in question (Chicago Tribune)

Some techniques long suspect(Chicago Tribune)

Cross-Examining Forensics (Radley Balco)(Jackson Free Press)
Ottawa urged to establish forensics watchdog (The Star.Com, Canada)
FBI lab in serious trouble (Canada Free Press)

Report calls for overhaul of U.S. crime-lab system (The Seattle Times)

National agency sought for forensic sciences (The Arizona Republic)

Study calls crime lab system into question; overhaul sought (Mercury News)

Houston: They all have a problem (Commentary: Houston Chronicle)

Improving forensic science (Los Vegas Sun)

Forensic science, a misnomer (Our View: Baltimore Sun)

Report criticizes U.S. crime labs (The Daily Iowan)

Establish independent forensic labs (Herald-Tribune)

Trial by Fire: Did Texas execute an innocent man? (The Newyorker)

NATURE
Forensics labs mostly using unproved science, report says
Science in court (Editorial: Nature)
Forensics fiasco: Inconsistent standards and a lack of research investment have left UK legal science in chaos. (Nature)
UK forensic science slammed by inquiry: Failures in the forensic services threaten to compromise the UK criminal-justice system, a parliamentary report warns. (Nature)
Faulty forensic science under fire: US panels aim to set standards for crime labs.(Nature)
Forensic investigation needs more science Innocence Project calls on chemists to support forensics reform. (Nature)
Forensic science braces for change: FBI laboratory chief is optimistic despite severe criticism and challenges ahead. (Nature)
Science in court: DNA's identity crisis (Nature)
Forensic science badly lacking in the United States (Nature)

Ignorance is bliss (Te Economist)
Bitemark Evidence And Analysis Should Be Approached With Caution, According To Study (ScienceDaily)
Forensics labs mostly using unproved science, report says (Scientific American)
Study: Separate Police, Labs Because of Bias (Las Vegas Sun)
Improving forensic science (Las Vegas Sun)
The NAS Study - We should Begin at the Beginning By: Chris Asplen (forensicmag.com)
High Court Recognizes Imperfections at Crime Labs (Pacific Standard)
Verdict on Forensic Science: It’s Quite Bad (Discover Magazine)

Questionable Crime-Scene Science (C&EN)

New efforts aim to shore up forensic science -- but will they work? (C&EN)

Forensic science 'too unreliable', says report (NewScientist)

The Wrongful Conviction of Forensic Science By: John Collins and Jay Jarvis
Taylor and Francis's "Forensic Science Policy and Management Journal" article defends forensic science

'Badly Fragmented' Forensic Science System Needs Overhaul (Science Daily)

NAS: Nation's Forensic Sciences Need Overhaul (Security Management)

NEW REPORT FROM THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES CALLS FOR SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN THE UNITED STATES FORENSIC-SCIENCE COMMUNITY (Evidence Technology Magazine)
Supreme Court Requires Lab Analysts to Testify: Now What?
Deficiencies in Forensic Science Training Must Be Met Head-On: Scientists, Lawyers, and Judges Need Education to Overcome the “CSI Effect” (Richard E. Bisbing in Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Flawed forensics? National report identifies areas that science must redress and refurbish (Officer.Com)
The Truth About 4 Common Forensics Methods (Popular Mechanics)
CSI Myths: The Shaky Science Behind Forensics (Popular Mechanics)
Forensic Friday: The Death Quiz (The Crime Lab Project)
Forensic Science on Trial: The First of Two ScienceInsider Interviews (SCience Magazine)
Forensic Science on Trial: Part One (SCience Magazine)
Forensic Science Reform Continues (The Police Chief)

INNOCENSE PROJECT
Peter Neufeld, Barry Scheck & Madeline deLone (Innocence Project) letter to Laurie Robinson, DOJ Presidential Transition Team about creation of a “National Institute of Forensic Science”
Major U.S. Report Calls for “Massive Overhaul” of Forensics (Innocense Project)

National Academy of Sciences Urges Comprehensive Reform of U.S. Forensic Sciences (Innocense Project)

Reactions to Groundbreaking National Academy of Sciences Report Urging Reform in U.S. Forensic Sciences (Innocense Project)

Understanding the Causes: Unvalidated or Improper Forensic Science (Innocense Project)

Fix the System: Forensic Oversight (Innocense Project)

The myths behind forensic science (Innocense Project o Florida)

COVERAGE ON INTERNET
Little Progress in Congress on Push for Forensic Standards by Lena Groeger (ProPublica)
Author Grisham laments bad courtroom science
THE NAS REPORT ON FORENSIC SCIENCE: A FORENSIC SCIENTIST’S RESPONSE by Brent E. Turvey
Government-Funded Study Calls for Overhaul of Nation’s Crime Labs by Ben Protess, ProPublica

Forensic Science on Trial:Part I (ScienceInsider-AAFS)
Forensic Science on Trial:Part II-Interview with Jay Siegel (ScienceInsider-AAFS)
Just how scientific is forensic science? (UCLA Today)
Manufacturing Guilt? (Radley Balko in ReasonOnLine)

Getting Forensics Right (Radley Balko in ReasonOnLine)
Private Crime Labs Could Prevent Errors, Analyst Bias: Report (Radley Balko in Huffington Post.com)
In Criminal Cases, Should Science Only Serve the State? (Radley Balko in ReasonOnLine)

C.S.Oy: Forensic science is badly in need of reform. Here are some suggestions.(By Radley Balko and Roger Koppl: Slate)

'Badly Fragmented' Forensic Science System Needs Overhaul (sciencedaily.com)

USDOJ should embrace, not fight science-based forensics (Grits for Breakfast)

US justice system ommonly relies on shoddy forensic "science" (Grits for Breakfast)

The Long-Awaited Call for Forensic Science Reform by John Terzano(The Huffington Post)

Forensic Science System Needs Overhaul (livescience.com)

The Future of Forensic Science: UB Researcher Contributes to National Report

FORGET CSI: A Disaster Is Happening In America's Crime Labs (businessinsider.com)
Re-Mapping Forensic Science’s Future (Miller–McCune.com)

Arson Convictions, Fire Investigations Feel the Heat (Miller–McCune.com)

Report: Crime labs seriously deficient (Newsvine.com)

Government-Funded Study Calls for Major Overhaul of Nation's Crime Labs (AlterNet)

Report questions science, reliability of crime lab evidence (Cervantes)

Forensic Science Under Fire (Forensic Science Blog, UF)

National Academy of Sciences Urges Comprehensive Reform of U.S. Forensic Sciences

The National Academy of Science Has Been Perfecting Double-speak (The LRC Blog)

Report Shows Flaws in America’s Crime Labs (findingDulcinea.com)

Forensic Evidence Under Attack (TalkLeft)

Forensic science system flawed (Themoneytimes.com)

Report: U.S. forensic science system direly needs to toned up (topnews.us)

NAS report on the state of forensic science (The Defence Rests)

NAS Report Released (The StandDown Texas Project)




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