Crime Lab in Houston to Revise Its Policies Following Multiple Incidents of Evidence Contamination

The Houston Forensic Science Center will review its policies after three separate incidents where evidence samples were contaminated. The actual results of the tests in the three incidents were not affected because there were other uncontaminated samples that were testable. However, these incidents prompted officials to review the lab’s quality control.  “In addition to suggesting policy revisions, the [Office of Inspector General] urged the Houston Forensic Science Center to address error review in regularly scheduled staff meetings, retrain staff, ensure contractors understand their quality control responsibilities and self-disclose errors to the state’s forensic science commission.”

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-crime-lab-revises-policies-after-7062924.php

One thought on “Crime Lab in Houston to Revise Its Policies Following Multiple Incidents of Evidence Contamination

  1. The Crime Lab’s COO Peter Stout clearly had no intention of notifying the Forensic Science Commission as is required by law. Three separate contamination events, a 10 month lapse, and finally an anonymous complaint to the FSC (no doubt submitted by an ethical bench analyst who will soon be fired for exposing the lab’s dirty laundry).
    The forensics field is littered with unethical lab management who are unaccountable for incompetence.

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