The Texas Forensic Science Commission and the Texas Criminal Justice Integrity Unit have jointly authored a whitepaper entitled "Certification of Forensic Examiners in Texas: Our Path Forward."
A new handbook by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) provides forensic laboratories, law enforcement agencies and the judicial system with state-of-the-art guidelines and recommended best practices for preserving biological evidence so that it is available at any time to solve “cold cases,” confirm the guilt of criminals or exonerate the innocent.
NISTIR 7928 may be downloaded at http://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/ir/2013/NIST.IR.7928.pdf.
Former Texas FSC Member L. Garry Adams, BS, DVM of Texas A&M has received the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) Lifetime Excellence award. The 2012 AVMA Lifetime Excellence award recognizes a veterinary researcher on the basis of lifetime achievement in basic, applied, or clinical research.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics has released the Census Of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories, 2009.
This report presents data on the more than 400 state, municipal, county, and federal crime laboratories operating in the United States during 2009.
On June 6, 2012, the Commission provided a forum at the Texas State Capitol for issues of concern to forensic scientists, judges, legislators, policymakers, law enforcement and attorneys. The purpose was to identify the most pressing issues facing the forensic science community and highlight possibilities for improving the quality of forensic science and accessibility of forensic services to stakeholders in Texas. Collectively, these roundtable discussions helped identify the most critical issues in our state and allowed those who have already implemented successful new practices to share their success. Through this exchange, the group identified specific areas in which stakeholders may work collaboratively to improve the quality of forensic science in Texas.
Read the Stakeholder Roundtable Report