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Crime Labs & Forensics Reform

DNA Crime LabThe 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.


State Initiatives  

Advocacy Letters 

Reports & Papers  

Crime Lab Scandals 




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