National Registry of Exonerations raises questions about accuracy of forensic evidence

August 2017

Forensic evidence -- bite marks, latent fingerprints, firearms identification, shoe prints -- is routinely admitted into criminal trials, despite a rising chorus of scientists and lawyers questioning its accuracy. Often, DNA testing refutes what had been considered firm forensic evidence.

Since 1989, the National Registry of Exonerations, housed at the School of Social Ecology, has documented more than 2,000 exonerations. The Registry was mentioned in an article in The Washington Post.

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