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, information on NACDL's initiatives in the area of crime labs and forensics reform, and a list of recent crime labs scandals from across the country.
Reports & Papers
Crime Lab Scandals
Join your nationwide NACDL colleagues in Las Vegas at the premiere venue--The Cosmopolitan Hotel-- for NACDL's 9th Annual Forensic Science & the Law Conference, "Making Sense of Science." This two-day event is produced in partnership with the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ), and will be held in a conjunction with the NACDL Spring Board Meeting. For more information, click here!
In this webinar program, you will learn the forensic role of a SANE Nurse, how to question them, what discovery is important and what is irrelevant, and what questions to ask during voir dire in child sexual assault cases. For more information, click here!