Month February 2017

DOJ proposed to create and Office of Forensic Science and Forensic Science Board within the Department

“The mission of the Office of Forensic Science is to strengthen and promote the use of forensic science within the judicial system by supporting forensic science service providers, as they continually improve the validity, quality, and practice of forensic science through innovative… Continue Reading →

Idaho Innocence Project Employs New Forensics Technique to Exonerate Two Men

Dr. Greg Hampikian, a professor in criminal justice and biology at Boise State University, came to the aid of Daryl Pinkins and Roosevelt Glen. Pinkins and Glen were sentenced to a combined 101 years in prison after they were wrongly convicted of… Continue Reading →

Houston Adds Forensic Testing Capacity

  In response to an overwhelming forensic testing backlog, Houston opened the Forensic Science Center. The center focuses on collecting digital evidence from mobile devices and is well equipped to do so. Read more below:

Over 2,000 Texas Inmates to be Notified of Faulty DNA Tests

  The Austin Police Crime Lab closed in June of 2016 after the state government uncovered faulty and outdated testing procedure at the facility. Approximately 2,200 Texas inmates will receive notice that DNA tests used in convictions, ranging from 2004 to… Continue Reading →

Chicago Forensic Analyst’s Tests Called Into Question

A former forensic lab analyst, whose tests were invoked in a number of convictions, has been partially discredited. Pamela Fish often told the court that her tests were inconclusive rather than exclusionary. Her lab notes indicate that many of her… Continue Reading →

Regulation (or lack thereof) of Crime Labs

The Austin American Statesmen describes how “Despite their high-stakes work for the criminal justice system — from convicting the guilty to exonerating the innocent — forensic labs are surprisingly underregulated.”  They note that a 2013 survey of Texas public labs found… Continue Reading →

OSAC will be streaming discussions on forensic sciences online Feb 13-14

There will be free live webcast of the Public Status Reports & Open Discussion meetings of the Organization of Scientific Area Committee for Forensic Science (OSAC). These meetings will take place in New Orleans, LA, beginning at 8am CST on February… Continue Reading →

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