Houstons Crime Lab Will Outsource DNA Rape Kit Testing To Clear Backlog

Houstons Crime Lab Will Outsource DNA Rape Kit Testing To Clear Backlog

first_imgU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Samantha ThorpeA Houston crime lab that was opened in part to handle the city’s significant backlog of DNA cases, now has a serious backlog of its own. The Houston Forensic Science Center plans to outsource most of its incoming DNA work for almost a year.The center now has more than 900 requests for DNA testing that are more than 30 days old. About 200 of these are sexual assault kits.Dr. Peter Stout, the center’s CEO and president, says the outsourcing is temporary and will last about 10 months, “and a lot of that comes down to ensuring that we’ve got people cross-trained enough that they can do all of the various operations in the whole process. So what we’re looking to do is as much of the incoming work as we can, taking that load off of the section so that we can finish out the cross-training that we’ve been needing to do for some time.”Stout puts the cost of the project at $2 million, half paid for by federal grants, the rest out of the center’s existing budget. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /00:43 Share Listenlast_img

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