Reforming and Challenging Flawed Forensics in an Unfriendly Political Climate

Location: Savannah B
Date: Fri, April 12
Time: 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Under the Trump administration and the Jeff Sessions Department of Justice, the promise of forensic science reform ushered in by the 2009 National Academy of Sciences Report and the 2016 President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Report dimmed considerably. In the wake of these shifts, the Innocence Project has continued to work on forensic science reform, and in 2018, Dean Strang and Jerry Buting and Keith Findley launched a non-profit organization, the Center for Integrity in Forensic Sciences (CIFS), which is committed to advancing the cause of forensic science reform through education, policy initiatives, and litigation. The Innocence Project and CIFS are committed to coordinating their efforts and working collaboratively on reform. This roundtable will explore the path forward for improving forensic science evidence.