Forensic Science Oversight in Michigan

In 2021, the Michigan governor created a Task Force on Forensic Science by executive order, in an effort to strengthen forensic disciplines, recommend best practices, and investigate issues that may arise within crime labs in the state. Among the duties the task force is charged with are: reviewing the state of forensic science in Michigan; developing recommendations to strengthen forensic science methodologies and practices; developing recommendations for statewide protocols for disclosure of negligence or misconduct by forensic employees; developing recommendations for a post-conviction notification procedure for parties affected by misconduct, negligence, or misapplication of forensic science; and developing a procedure for updating stakeholders on developments in forensic science. The task force is set to issue its findings by December 31, 2021.

Read the executive order.