The great number of exonerations and crime lab scandals has increased recognition of deficiencies with forensic evidence. Forensic evidence presented in court is at times based on speculative research, subjective interpretations, and inadequate quality control procedures. To improve the reliability of forensic science and the labs and practitioners responsible for testing evidence, NACDL supports the recommendations of the report of the National Academy of Sciences Report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, released in 2009. In February 2010, NACDL adopted additional Principles and Recommendations to Strengthen Forensic Evidence and Its Presentation in the Courtroom.
This page provides recent news, reports, legislation and information on NACDL's initiatives in the area of crime labs and forensics reform.
Reports & Papers
NACDL presents the National Criminal Defense Forensic Mental Health & the Law Forum in partnership with Reilly Pozner LLP. The Forum will be held in Denver, CO, September 19-20, 2013.
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