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March 2016 , Page 59 

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FBI Microscopic Hair Comparison Review

By Amelia Maxfield

State and Local Hair Reviews

Based on recently disclosed information, NACDL now knows that between 1978 and 2006 the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) trained hair and fiber examiners from state and local laboratories in 48 states and the District of Columbia. At its peak in the 1980s, “Hair and Fibers School” was conducted nearly twice a year. Training continued until 2006, six years after mitochondrial DNA testing of hair became routine at the FBI.

The training records, which the FBI recently disclosed to NACDL and The Innocence Project pursuant to a partnership agreement under the Microscopic Hair Comparison Analysis Review, underscore the critical importance of identifying and examining the work done by state hair and fiber analysts in labs where analysts were trained by the FBI.

The FBI has been engaged in a review of lab reports and testimony by its hair examiners since 2012. NACDL, along with The Innocence Project and Winston & Strawn, has partnered w

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