News 03.13.07

Murder victim’s mother calls for more crime lab funding in Florida

The mother of a six-year-old girl found murdered and sexually assaulted last September is taking her call for more crime lab funding to Charlie Crist, the governor of Florida. Evidence in the case has not been fully tested, as Florida’s five state crime labs face serious backlogs.



Read this story and watch video here

. (NBC 2, Fort Myers, Fla., 03/11/07)

Crime lab backlogs prevent police and the courts from working efficiently and create the possibility of error. For our recommendations on crime lab reform, see our

Fix the System

section.

More on crime lab backlogs in Florida and elsewhere:

Florida DNA labs are so backed up that officials

may limit the number of items police can send from each case

.

Montana labs continue to suffer from

serious backlogs

.

Several states, and the federal government, are considering

DNA database expansions despite backlogged labs

.


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