Texas Forensic Science Commission

Justice Through Science


2009 Census of Publicly Funded Crime Labs Released

Posted by on September 2, 2012 - 12:00am

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.

View the report

FSC Releases Stakeholder Roundtable Report

Posted by on June 6, 2012 - 12:00am

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 

FSC Releases FY 2011 Annual Report

Posted by on April 1, 2012 - 12:00am

The Texas Forensic Science Commission has released the FY 2011 annual report.  

Governor Perry Appoints Vincent Di Maio Presiding Officer

Posted by on March 27, 2012 - 12:00am

Gov. Rick Perry has named Vincent Di Maio of San Antonio chair of the Texas Forensic Science Commission for a term at the pleasure of the governor.

Read the full announcement

Willingham/Willis Addendum Report Approved

Posted by on October 28, 2011 - 12:00am

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.

Moon Investigative Report Approved

Posted by on September 8, 2011 - 12:00am

Attorney General Opinion Issued

Posted by on July 29, 2011 - 12:00am

In response to a request by the FSC, the Attorney General has issued an opinion regarding the FSC's investigative authority.

Read the response here

Read the original request

FSC releases report in Willingham/Willis case

Posted by on April 15, 2011 - 12:00am

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. 


Attorney General's Initial Response

Posted by on February 3, 2011 - 12:00am

Attorney General's initial response regarding the investigative authority of the Texas Forensic Science Commission.

Read the response here


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