Needs Assessment of Forensic Laboratories and Medical Examiner/Coroner Offices Report Released


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Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, AAFS CFSO Liaison

The Department of Justice through the National Institute of Justice has just released the Needs Assessment of Forensic Laboratories and Medical Examiner/Coroner Offices Report to Congress: https://www.justice.gov/olp/page/file/1228306/download. The Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations, of which the AAFS is a member, requested Congress to fund this Report in the 2016 Justice for All Reauthorization Act. The Report concludes there is insufficient funding to process the ever-increasing amounts of forensic evidence. It concludes that the state, county, local, and tribal crime laboratories and medical examiner/coroner offices have a $640 million deficit for normal operations, but the increase of current opioid expenditures adds another $270 million to that cost.