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Conn. Crime Lab to Cops: Less Evidence, Please

Release Date:
1/23/2012 11:56 AM

Associated Press, January 23, 2012

Associated Press, January 23, 2012: Connecticut officials are trying to curb the so-called CSI effect that forensic experts say has helped inundate crime labs across the country with record numbers of evidence testing requests, in an effort to reduce a huge backlog at the state's lab. The state also plans to hire 25 to 35 new lab workers to reduce the backlog to a manageable level, but it may take two to three years before the new employees are trained and ready to work, said UNH professor Michael Lawlor, criminal justice aide to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. UNH professor Henry Lee, who was head of the Connecticut lab from 1978 to 2000 and built its national prominence, said the "CSI effect" and larger caseloads have spurred a new trend in forensics - being more selective about what evidence is gathered at crime scenes.

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[This article also appeared in the Hartford Courant, WFSB, WWLP, WTNH and Daily Journal]