A new bill introduced last week in the US Congress could put some “teeth” into creating and then enforcing federal standards for the practice of 11 forensic disciplines either criticized or debunked (aka bitemark pattern testimony) by the 2009 National Academy of Science’s extensive review.
It is significant that the Innocence Project (IP) has been central in getting this proposed legislation on track for consideration. Notably absent is any comment from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences to this action. The IP has been proactive within this largest forensic organization on numerous forensic science reform issues. This, year Sally Yates, Deputy US Attorney General (the boss of the NIJ which is a huge finding source for US forensics), gave a cheerleading presentation informing the AAFS that change is coming to the largely law enforcement employed AAFS membership.
This proposed bill puts much of what is done in US forensics within federal control. At what cost, remains to be seen. A similar but unsuccessful 2014 bill asked for $101M over 5 years.