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Busting the Backlog

By establishing new policies for processing rape kit evidence and by adopting victim-centered investigation strategies, departments can close more sexual assault cases.

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Florida Crime Labs Help Eliminate Backlog of Rape Kits

A new law in Florida is investing $10.7 million in Florida's crime laboratories.

Prosecutors Criticize D.C. Crime Lab’s Handling of Some DNA Evidence

D.C. prosecutors have stopped sending DNA evidence to the city’s new state-of-the-art crime lab after they said they discovered errors in the way analysts determined whether a sample can be linked to a suspect or a victim.

Uniflow Laboratory Fume Hoods

Hemco’s UniFlow Fume Hoods for crime scene investigation are constructed entirely of chemical-resistant, flame-retardant, non-metallic composite resin materials and feature an exclusive “Unitized” construction.

2,600 Fla. Drug Cases Threatened by Evidence Theft

The fate of thousands of Florida criminal cases are uncertain after Saturday's stunning revelation that a law-enforcement chemist allegedly stole pain pills for years from an evidence room in the Panhandle.

Connecticut Crime Lab Loses Accreditation After Critical Fed Audit

The federal audits raised concerns about the administration of the lab. The integrity of DNA testing on crime-scene evidence had not been compromised by the huge case backlogs and chronic under-staffing, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has said.

Maryland State Police Crime Lab Gains International Certification

In 2010, the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division Laboratory received evidence from 19,000 criminal cases to process in the forensic fields of biology, toxicology, trace evidence, latent print/impressions, drug analysis, and firearms/tool marks.

Bill Would Establish Federal Agency To Regulate Crime Labs

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) has announced that he will introduce legislation to reform the forensic science field in early 2011.

L.A. County Sends Backlog of 4,763 Rape Kits Out for Testing

The department still needs to test and process the kits, which should be done by the stated goal of June 2011.

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SF Police Close Drug Lab, Outsource Work

Private labs will test substances to determine if they are illicit drugs under departmental supervision. The department will continue to use its crime lab for ballistic testing and DNA analysis.