L AFAYETTE — The crime lab that analyzes DNA, blood, fingerprints and other evidence for Acadiana law enforcement agencies faces an uncertain future if more money cannot be found to shore up the lab’s budget.
“We don’t have the revenue to make it through 2015,” Acadiana Criminalistics Laboratory Director Kevin Ardoin said.
The Canton-Stark County Crime Lab began returning untested evidence to local law enforcement agencies Tuesday in an effort to ease the strain on its depleted staff.
The lab, which has been shedding employees throughout the year, soon will be down to three full-time and two part-time employees.
Every year, thousands of individuals take the courageous step of reporting their rape to the police. They overcome the social stigma of being the victim of sexual violence, the warnings sometimes uttered by the rapist to keep silent, the suggestions that these issues ought not to be spoken of; and they speak up. During a forensic exam of their bodies which can take between four and six hours evidence is collected in a “Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit” — a rape kit.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Innocence Project has lost its primary source of funding and won’t take on any new cases.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — In a strong show of bipartisan cooperation, today the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved S. 822, the Justice For All Reauthorization Act of 2014. The bill reauthorizes several important forensic DNA programs, most notably the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Elimination Act which provides vital funding for public crime laboratories throughout the country. However, if the bill does not become law in the next few months, funding for the program could lapse – resulting in an explosion of backlogged DNA cases at crime laboratories throughout the country, including those of untested rape kits.
Victims of rape in Washington, DC may soon be unable to get sexual assault forensic evidence (SAFE) kits, often called rape kits. DC’s budget is under federal control, so if the federal government’s shutdown continues much longer, some of the city’s necessary programs–including those intended to help rape victims–may be temporarily discontinued due to lack of funding.
Federal grants help, but regional, city crime labs struggle to meet demand has become so successful in solving real crimes that local law enforcement labs find themselves with more work than they can handle.
SAN DIEGO – Hundreds of thousands of dollars are now going to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Regional Crime Lab to help keep up with cases involving DNA evidence.
Kathie Dalby knows the importance of this type of evidence. Her mother, June George, was brutally killed in 1986 in her La Mesa home. George was stabbed 78 times.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today met with crime victims’ advocate and rape survivor Debbie Smith and her husband Rob and discussed implementation of the SAFER Act and further ways to protect the rights of victims of violent crimes.
Sam Houston State University‘s Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility has received a National Institute of Justice grant to further research in genotyping in conditions related to natural and manmade disasters. Whether a mass disaster is a result of humans, such as in war, or is a result of a natural force of nature, such as a hurricane or other natural cause, the chaos and disorder in the wake of human disasters often leads to a slow identification of victims. In many cases, a disaster area can be hot, humid, without water or electricity, and can delay the ability to obtain readable DNA, which is necessary for identifying victims.