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Following up on my last post, in which I asked why there were still no national standards for forensic science five years after the National Academy of Sciences’2009 report Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States, and with scandal after scandal in U.S. crime labs all over the country, there may be light on the horizon. On January 10, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) announced the formation of the National Commission on Forensic Science.
According to the announcement issued by DOJ and NIST:
Members of the commission will work to improve the practice of forensic science by developing guidance concerning the intersections between forensic science and the criminal justice system. The commission also will work to develop policy recommendations for the U.S. Attorney General, including uniform codes for professional responsibility and requirements for formal training and certification.
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