This week, from September 15-21, 2019, is National Forensic Science Week. The Innocence Project would like to acknowledge those who conduct research, support scientific investigations and work to strengthen the field through improvements in research, standards development and quality management.
At the Innocence Project, forensic evidence is a critical part of every exoneration. Victims, defendants, police, prosecutors and courts all gain from a science-driven forensic science system that is efficient, effective and transparently addresses mistakes and errors. We need forensic science to be the neutral truth-teller to prevent wrongful convictions while enhancing public safety by focusing resources on uncovering the facts in criminal cases. The Innocence Project promotes forensic science work nationwide by advocating for increased support for research, standards development and resources through the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement grant program and NIST forensic science research and measurement science programs.
The Innocence Project, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in collaboration with the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), will host a one-day conference to celebrate the scientific progress and breakthroughs achieved in the 10 years since the release of the monumental NASEM report, “Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward.” Join us on November 12, 2019, by registering here.