HFES Submits Comments to the Department of Justice on Forensic Science

By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC  |  July 6, 2017

On June 9, HFES signed on to a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions in response to a request for comments from the Department of Justice regarding the National Commission on Forensic Science and for recommendations to ensure the accuracy of forensic science techniques. HFES, along with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, noted the value of an advisory body in identifying technical gaps in current investigative science and advocated for an independent Federal Advisory Committee to consult with Congress, the Attorney General, and federal labs to maintain the integrity of forensic science.

Additionally, the letter noted that this independent advisory committee should be charged with developing a comprehensive review of existing forensic science methods to determine those based on sound, concrete science and those that could be unreliable or produce invalid results. Workshops, conferences, and other collaborative meetings are also recommended for all those involved in the prosecutorial processes.

This letter is a valuable opportunity to ensure that HF/E and the expertise of HFES members are utilized in the evaluation of forensic science and positions the Society to be a resource for Congress and federal agencies moving forward.

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