Flawed Forensic Science is a Leading Cause of Wrongful Convictions - It's Time to Step Up, Massachusetts

On April 18, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts moved to dismiss 21,387 drug convictions which were the result of the misconduct of state drug lab chemist Annie Dookhan. This followed the recent announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to renew the national Forensic Science Commission. These two events are deeply troubling.

 For far too long, crucial decisions regarding forensic science have been made without the involvement of the scientific community, and as a result, innocent people suffer. Science matters, and science has no agenda but the truth.

Flawed forensic science is a leading cause of wrongful convictions, contributing to nearly half – 46% – of DNA exoneration cases. Ensuring that only the most reliable forensic science makes its way into Massachusetts courtrooms is a vital tool in the fight against wrongful convictions. 

If it's not going to happen on a federal level, Massachusetts must do it on a state level. Sign here to let your legislators know that you support the fight against wrongful convictions and increased forensic science oversight in Massachusetts, by supporting the creation of a forensic science commission in the Commonwealth (Senate Bill No. 1285).  We'll present your signatures to the committee hearing the bill in June. You must include your zip code when signing. 

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The misapplication of forensic science is a leading cause of wrongful convictions, contributing to nearly half – 46% – of DNA exoneration cases. Ensuring that only the most reliable forensic science makes its way into Massachusetts courtrooms is a vital tool in the fight against wrongful convictions. I support the creation of a forensic science commission in Massachusetts.
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