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  NCJ Number: NCJ 207205     Find in a Library
  Title: Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories, 2002
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
  Author(s): Joseph L. Peterson ; Matthew J. Hickman
  Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Date Published: 02/2005
  Page Count: 16
  Series: BJS Bulletins
  Annotation: This report presents information and data on the organization, functions, budget, and expenditures, staffing, workload, and forensic backlog in the Nation's more than 350 publicly funded crime labs.
  Abstract: Additional topics included in this report examine contracting with external laboratories, quality control, training, and research conducted by public forensic laboratories. The report complements earlier data collections and statistical reports from BJS documenting similar issues in forensic DNA laboratories. Highlights include the following: Ninety-one percent of outsourced requests were DNA-related, including nearly 13,000 casework requests and 205,000 convicted offender samples in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS); a typical laboratory in 2002 started the year with a backlog of about 390 requests, received 4,900 requests, and completed 4,600 requests; and 41 percent of publicly funded labs in 2002 reported outsourcing one or more types of forensic services to private labs. 25 Tables
  Main Term(s): Statistics
  Index Term(s): Crime Laboratories (Crime Labs) ; Private crime laboratories ; Criminal justice employment/expenditure data ; Crime laboratory management ; DNA fingerprinting
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
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  Type: Statistics
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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