Texas Forensic Science Commission

IAAI Endorses Texas Science Advisory Workgroup 

In a December 7, 2015 statement, the largest professional organization of fire investigators in the world, the International Association for Arson Investigators (IAAI), endorsed the Texas model for multidiscipline science review panels. Specifically, the IAAI supports Texas' independent, multidisciplinary Science Advisory Workgroup led by Texas State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy--the group that conducted the post-conviction review of arson convictions where there was a credible and substantial allegation that those convictions were based on outdated science or methodology. The IAAI encourages every state to follow the Texas model for review and offers assistance to jurisdictions through IAAI's Public Agency Advisory Committee, in locating resources for reviews of the science and methodology underlying arson convictions. Read the article.