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
The Texas Forensic Science Commission has released the FY 2011 annual report.
On April 15, 2011, after extensive deliberations regarding the Willingham/Willis complaint filed by the Innocence Project in August 2007, the Texas Forensic Science Commission (“FSC” or “Commission”) issued its written report. (See www.fsc.state.tx.us).
This addendum supplements the report and should be read in conjunction with it.
This report sets forth the FSC’s observations regarding the history and progress of fire science, including incendiary indicators and related investigative issues. It takes a forward-looking approach, suggesting concrete training and educational initiatives. Observations regarding the state of fire science and suggestions for continued advancement are not limited to the Willingham and Willis cases, but rather apply generally to arson investigations in Texas.