• CORRECTION: This story was updated on July 13, 2012, to correct the photo credit. The credit has been changed from Robert Rathe to FBI.
Volume 90 Issue 26 | pp. 32-34
Issue Date: June 25, 2012

Still Seeking Forensic Reform

Congress, White House finally set to act on 2009 report calling for big changes to forensic science
Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: forensic science, National Research Council, National Institute of Forensic Science

Forensics is such a part of the culture in the U.S. that almost everyone believes it can without question be used to find criminals. After all, they see forensics at work on TV crime dramas and hear about its use in courtroom battles.

But a 2009 report requested by Congress from the National Research Council (NRC) showed that there isn’t much science underlying most of forensics, including such television mainstays as finger­prints, . . .

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