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NACDL News: The NAS Report on Strengthening Forensic Science, Ten Years on; Much Work Still to Be Done

By Vanessa Antoun

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On Feb. 18, 2019, NACDL marked 10 years since the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences released the landmark report “Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States, A Path Forward” (NAS Report). The impact of the NAS Report in strengthening forensic science and improving its use in the courtroom has been tremendous. However, significant work is still needed to implement its recommendations and achieve its objectives, and the government abandoned some of the plans for reform, stalling progress.

“A critical component of real and lasting reform in the legal system, especially in the context of criminal prosecutions, is ensuring the scientific integrity of forensic evidence admitted in the courtroom,” said NACDL President Drew Findling. “NACDL remains committed to advancing this essential goal.”

The 2009 NAS Report identified serious deficiencies in forensic science and called for reform, increased funding, and research to ensure foundational validity and increa

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