United States Senator for Iowa Joni Ernst visited CSAFE offices in August to learn more about the impact CSAFE is making in forensic science. The team shared with Senator Ernst the center’s three-part mission to establish a strong research program, engage the forensics community, and provide high-quality training opportunities in an effort to solve key deficiencies in current forensic science practices.

Students and researchers highlighted CSAFE’s development of new methods that facilitate increased understanding among practitioners regarding error rates and the strength of evidence. CSAFE also described to Senator Ernst the ways in which the center is working with forensic experts to enhance effective and transparent communication with judges and lay jurors.

CSAFE Director Alicia Carriquiry emphasized that Iowa has a unique opportunity to lead the nation in forensic science research with increased cooperation between forensic practitioners and academic researchers. Carriquiry invited Senator Ernst to partner with CSAFE to improve the scientific and statistical foundations of forensic science.

“I am very excited about your statistical support for our law-enforcement and judiciary professionals,” Ernst said. “I truly appreciate your incredible work!”

CSAFE values the opportunity to share its mission and looks forward to continuing to build relationships with key legislators.  Together, CSAFE and legislators can unite to support a common goal of the fair administration of justice.   Visit the Our Research page to learn more about how CSAFE work is improving the field of forensic science.