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NCJ Number: NCJ 179104     Find in a Library
Title: Survey of DNA Crime Laboratories, 1998
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  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): Greg W. Steadman
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 8
  Annotation: This report contains findings from a survey of publicly operated forensic crime labs that perform Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) testing.
Abstract: The survey included questions about each lab's budget, personnel, workloads, procedures and various other topics. Data were obtained from 108 out of a 120 estimated known labs -- including all statewide labs. As part of their DNA Laboratory Improvement Program, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) funded the survey to help identify workload and technology issues. A follow-up survey is planned to be released on February 20, at the NIJ annual grantee meeting for the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 52nd Annual Meeting February 21-26, 1000 in Reno Nevada. Highlights include the following: At the end of 1997, 69 percent of DNA labs had a backlog of 6,800 known and unknown subject cases and 287,000 convicted offender samples. To alleviate case backlogs, 44 percent of the labs had hired additional staff, 34 percent were using overtime, 13 percent were contracting with private labs, and 28 percent were using other methods. The number of full-time staff in DNA labs ranged from 1 to 47, with a median staff size of 5. Three quarters of labs had fewer than 10 full-time staff. 15 tables and 1 figure
Main Term(s): Crime Statistics
Index Term(s): Crime Laboratories (Crime Labs) ; Evidence identification and analysis ; Science and Technology ; Criminal investigation ; Forensics/Forensic Sciences ; Crime laboratory management ; DNA fingerprinting
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Type: Survey
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report (February 2000).
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