A 2009 Report Basically Showed Forensic Science in the United States Has Been A Hoax All Along

2009 NAS Report: Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward

The Innocence Project’s mission is to free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment.



This week, the Innocence Project commemorates the 10-year anniversary of the groundbreaking report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward. The National Academy of Forensic Science (NAS) released the report in 2009, and over the past 10 years, it has served as the foundation for much of our science-driven, policy-based reform and strategic litigation efforts. It established a blueprint for forensic science research, engaged the scientific research community and spurred various meaningful science-based criminal justice reforms. Importantly, it has fostered a new understanding of the intersection of forensic science and the criminal justice system, and it continues to influence an important debate on the courts’ gatekeeping responsibilities.