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Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories, 2009

NCJ Number
Date Published
August 2012
14 pages
Andrea M. Burch; Matthew R. Durose; Kelly A. Walsh
Publication Series
This report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics presents results of the 2009 Census on Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories.
Highlights include the following: during 2009, an estimated 4.1 million request for forensic services were received by the Nation's 411 publicly funded crime labs; a backlog of more than 1million requests for these services existed at these labs during the year; 83 percent of the labs were accredited by a professional forensic science organization; and the majority of forensic requests were for forensic biology (34 percent), followed by controlled substance analysis (33 percent), and toxicology (15 percent). In addition, the census found that 3 out of 10 publicly funded crime labs outsourced at least some of their work to private labs or other public facilities. During 2009, the estimated budget for all of these labs increased to around $1.6 billion, up from $1.0 billion in 2002, while full-time employment at these labs also saw an increase from around 11,000 in 2002 to around 13,100 in 2009. This report from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics presents the results of the 2009 Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories. Data for the census were collected from all State, county, municipal, and Federal crime labs that met the project definitions for crime laboratories. Of the 411 labs eligible to participate in the survey, 97 percent completed the questionnaire, either through the Web-based data collection interface or via mail, email, or fax. Comparative analyses are also included on data collected during the 2002 and 2005 censuses. Tables, figures, and appendixes

Date Created: August 2, 2012