Change is Coming to Forensic Science


Five years after the National Academy of Sciences put out a report urging comprehensive reform of U.S. forensic sciences, the United States Department of Justice and the National Institute of Standards and Technology announced the formation of the first-ever National Forensic Science Commission. Tasked with improving the practice of forensic science by developing guidance concerning the intersections between forensic science and the criminal justice system, the commission’s creation is the first step in fostering change in how forensic science is analyzed in the county.


The new cover story of

Chemical and Engineering News

describes how scandals in labs across the country illustrate the need to reform the discipline.


Chemical and Engineering News

reports: “Seeing the full power of the scientific community come into this is thrilling to watch,” says Madeline deLone, executive director of the Innocence Project, which works to exonerate prisoners who have been wrongly convicted. “It is not a simple process to change the way forensic science has been done. These changes are the biggest step forward in years.”


The newly formed commission first met in February and will meet again this week to map out what needs to be done to ensure results.


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