Prestigious Report Expected to Condemn Police Forensic Work

A two-year review of work in the nation’s crime labs is expected to conclude this month in a report condemning much of that work. The report will call for major changes in the application of science to crime, including creation of a federal agency to promote uniform standards in forensic science. Because the report is the work of the National Academy of Sciences and was requested by Congress, it is expected to influence both legislation and court decisions.

For more details on the expected content of the report and the controversy that has swirled around—and delayed—its preparation, read here. (If you don’t have a New York Times subscription to access the article, you can send an email to and request that a copy of the story be sent to you by email.)