Was an innocent man executed in 2004 at the hands of the Texas criminal justice system? And if he was, could the same situation be playing out across the country? The chances are good considering the lack of adherence to any sort of nationally accepted scientific standard when it comes to forensic criminal investigations. Numerous activists, attorneys, and scientific organizations are pushing Congress to establish a federal body responsible for the regulation of forensic sciences. Show your support by signing the petition below.
By sending this letter I am asking Congress to once again examine the findings by the NAS and create such an agency. As science evolves at a lightning fast pace, we need to ensure that the methods being used to imprison and potentially execute Americans are fail proof and tightly regulated according to only the highest scientific standards. I respectfully request you support the creation of such an agency, in the interest of a system created to protect the truly innocent and in order to prevent outdated and unsubstantiated practices currently surviving under the heading of "forensic sciences".