While accreditation may be voluntary, if a lab attempts to be accredited and fails after having two extensions, that information should be made available to juries.
It let’s the juries know that the lab in question is not up to the standards of the accreditation body. It doesn’t necessarily mean the results are wrong, but the jury
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An interesting article from the North County Times in San Diego. It hits on a lot of what has already been said about crime labs on this blog, but ties various topics all together well.
Forensics, the use of science to answer questions of law, play a vital role in the courtroom. Using tools such as
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During a re-accreditation attempt by the Houston PD crime lab with ASCLD-LAB (Association of Crime Laboratory Directors — Laboratory Accreditation Board), the external auditors found problems:
The department said it identified several problems including insufficient staffing, lack of proper supervisory review, inadequate quality control/quality assurance protocols, technical competence inconsistent with industry standards, insufficient training and inadequate standard
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I recently had the opportunity to attend the Association of Crime Laboratory Directors 2009 Symposium in Garden Grove California (across the street from Disneyland!).
While there I was able to network with other independent forensic practitioners including:
Susan Narveson of Strand Analytical Laboratories
Jim Lee of Summit Forensic Document Laboratory
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