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December 2009 , Page 10 

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By Jack King

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NACDL Offers Preliminary Recommendations on Strengthening Forensic Science

In support of reform efforts of the forensic science community, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) released a 12-page preliminary report advocating a “culture of science” in the forensic science community and supporting the establishment of a national resource center for forensic science. Contrary to media portrayals of forensic science in popular TV shows, forensic science evidence presented in court is often based on speculative research, subjective interpretations, and inadequate quality control procedures. Ensuring the scientific integrity of forensic science evidence is essential to preventing wrongful convictions and exonerating the innocent.

The report, NACDL Task Force on the Future of Forensic Sciences Preliminary Position Statements and Recommendations, is a work in progress and will be submitted to scientists around the country for comment and review. On Nov. 7, 2009, NACDL’s B

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