Promoting Forensic Science Reform
Following the 2009 National Academies' report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, on the many scientific deficiencies in forensic science disciplines, the ASA has been active in urging Forensic Science reform.
The following activities are informed by the ASA Forensic Science Ad Hoc Advisory Committee, which includes Joseph Gastwirth, GWU; Constantine Gatsonis, Brown University; Karen Kafadar, Indiana University; Chris Saunders, South Dakota State University; Bruce Spencer, Northwestern University; James Curran, University of Auckland; Hal Stern, UC Irvine; Bruce Weir, University of Washington; and Sandy Zabell, Northwestern University.
- Statement on forensic science, endorsed by the Board in April, 2010, endorsing Strengthening Forensic Science report and delineating the role of statistics in effective forensic science reform.
- Letters to Members of Congress on forensic science reform: Letters (search "forensic science")
- Meetings on Capitol Hill and with key government agencies
- ASA cosponsors American Chemical Society Congressional briefing on Forensic Science reform, 9/26/12; Scientific Rigor for the Courtroom, 4/1/14.
- Sessions on forensic science at Joint Statistical Meetings and other meetings (Please contact the authors before quoting from their presentations)
- 2011 JSM presentations:
- 2012 JSM presentations:
- 2013 AAAS annual conference presentation: Critical Role of Statistics in Development and Validation of Forensic Methods
- 2013 JSM presentations:
- A Metric for Assessing Quality of Latent Prints as Forensic Evidence, Karen Kafadar
- On Desiderata for Score-Based Likelihood Ratios for Forensic Evidence - Christopher Saunders, South Dakota State University ; John J. Miller, George Mason University
- ASA Community Blog Entries
- Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Advances Forensic Science Bill with Bipartisan Support, 4/11/14
- NIST Issues Call for Applications to Organization of Scientific Area Committees; Part of Forensic Science Reform, 4/14/14
- Senator Leahy Introduces Forensic Science Reform bill, 2/2/11
- ASA President Sends Letters to Senate Committee Chairmen on Forensic Science Reform, 4/4/11
- Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Holds Second Hearing on Forensic Science, 4/4/12
- Senate Science Committee Chair Introduces Bill to Advance Forensic Science Reform, 7/19/12
- Invited Amstat News columns:
ASA is involved in forensic science reform because of ASA members who have served on National Academies' (or NIST) forensic science panels:
- 2004 Forensic Analysis Weighing Bullet Lead Evidence, Karen Kafadar and Clifford Spiegelman
- 2008 Ballistic Imaging, John E. Rolph (Chair), Alicia Carriquiry, David L. Donoho, William F. Eddy, Vijay Nair, Daryl Pregibon.
- 2009 Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, Constantine Gatsonis (co-Chair) and Karen Kafadar
- 2011 Review of the Scientific Approaches Used During the FBI's Investigation of the 2001 Anthrax Letters, Karen Kafadar
- 2012 Latent Print Examination and Human Factors: Improving the Practice through a Systems Approach (NIST), Hal Stern
Contact ASA Director of Science Policy Steve Pierson with any inquiries: (703) 302-1841.