NAS Reviews NIJ's Role in Forensic Science

The National Academy of Sciences has published the report Support for Forensic Science Research: Improving the Scientific Role of the National Institute of Justice, which is an independent and rigorous review of NIJ’s contribution to forensic science research and development.

NIJ commissioned the report to help monitor the organization's progress in addressing the challenges facing the forensic science community that were outlined in the 2009 report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, and the 2010 report, Strengthening the National Institute of Justice. The Committee found that the efforts of NIJ have: “(1) restored authority that is appropriate for a science agency and addressed some previous concerns about NIJ’s independence; and (2) contributed to the building of a research infrastructure necessary to develop and sustain research that advances forensic science methods.”

You can read a statement by the NIJ director here.

And download the report here.

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Court Case Update

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