Wrongful Convictions and DNA Exonerations

An article recently published in the NIJ Journal provides a "review of erroneous convictions that involved forensic science can help identify critical lessons for forensic scientists as they perform testing, interpret results, render conclusions, and testify in court."

Written by Gerald M. LaPorte, director of NIJ's Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences, the article looks specifically at cases of wrongful conviction where forensic science was involved as a contributing factor. "The goal is to identify what we can learn from these cases to help mitigate the potential for erroneous convictions when forensic scientists perform testing, interpret results, render conclusions, and testify to their findings," wrote LaPorte.

You can read the article on the NIJ website here.

 
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