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NCJ Number: 250151 Find in a Library
Title: Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories: Resources and Services, 2014
Author(s): Matthew R. Durose; Andrea M. Burch; Kelly Walsh; Emily Tiry
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: November 2016
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Document: Agency Summary|PDF (Full Report)|PDF (Summary)|Text
Agency Summary: http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5827 
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This Bureau of Justice Statistics report presents data on the resources and services of State, county, municipal, and Federal forensic crime laboratories operating in the United States during 2014, and compares findings with census data from previous years.
Abstract: This Bureau of Justice Statistics report presents data on the resources and services of State, county, municipal, and Federal forensic crime laboratories operating in the United States during 2014, and compares findings with census data from previous years. This report describes crime lab functions, budgets, personnel, outsourcing, and workload, including the number and types of forensic services received, completed, and backlogged. Findings are based on data from BJS's 2014 Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories. Highlights include: the nation's 409 publicly funded crime labs received an estimated 3.8 million forensic requests in 2014 and completed 3.6 million requests that year (which included requests received prior to 2014); at the end of 2014, U.S. crime labs had an estimated backlog of 570,100 requests for forensic services, a decline from 895,500 backlogged requests at yearend 2009; DNA database samples from convicted offenders and arrestees made up 39% of requests to Federal labs, 36% of State labs, and less than 5% of requests to county and municipal labs; 38% of publicly funded crime labs outsourced one or more types of forensic services during 2014; publicly funded crime labs employed 14,300 full-time personnel in 2014; and the combined operating budgets for publicly funded crime labs in 2014 was $1.7 billion.
Main Term(s): Crime laboratories
Index Term(s): BJS Resources; Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS); Forensic sciences
Note: This report is part of the Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories Series. For related information, see also Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories: Quality Assurance Practices, 2014 (NCJ 250152).
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