News 10.19.09

A New Partnership for Forensic Reform

A new group launched today by the Innocence Project and partners across the country will seek to raise awareness and support for the creation of federal forensic standards  to help prevent wrongful convictions and ensure that the true perpetrators of crime are apprehended and convicted.

The Campaign for National Forensic Science Standards, an educational campaign of the Just Science Coalition, was launched with members in 23 states and will continue to grow. The group will advocate with federal policymakers to help make forensic reform happen.

“This is an issue with urgent national importance, and these local leaders have come together to strengthen the U.S. criminal justice system,” Stephen Saloom, Policy Director at the Innocence Project. “Creating national standards for the use of the forensic sciences is critical to ensuring that the true perpetrators of crimes are caught and prosecuted. Too many innocent citizens face prosecution with faulty evidence while the real criminals are free to victimize again, and it’s time for that to stop.”

Visit the

Just Science website

for more on today’s announcement and to take action in support of federal forensic reforms.

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