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.
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. (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
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
Several states, and the federal government, are considering
DNA database expansions despite backlogged labs
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