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Houston PD backlogs growing

Posted on October 1st, 2010 No Comments

The Houston crime lab has come under fire recently for its growing backlog of untested evidence and understaffing.  According to the Houston Chronicle, there are around 1,400 cases of untested evidence in the Houston crime lab and the number grows by around 75 a month.

District Attorney Pat Lykos is pushing to have the crime lab send all new blood and DNA evidence to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences to decrease the growing backlog.  In January, Houston City Council members voted to spend $4.2 million to hire four companies to process 4,000 rape kits.  Some of the evidence processed by the companies dated all the way back to 1994.

Lkyos stated, “HPD doesn’t have the capacity, and that’s why its absolutely imperative that the city and the county enter into an agreement”.  Currently, the crime lab has only 20 DNA lab employees.  Mayor Annise Parker expressed concern for the backlog and told reporters that the city is working on creating a partnership with the county to solve the problem.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime, contact the Houston criminal defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-222-0400 to learn more about your rights.