Gov. Malloy announced today that the state’s forensic crime lab, under fire for years for its woeful backlog of cases, has won back its professional accreditation, a move that could restore the lab’s critical access to the FBI’s DNA databank.
As the Courant’s Josh Kovner reported last month, the backlog at the lab became so bad that state officials for the first time set limits on the amount of evidence police departments can send for analysis. That limit was put in place be a panel looking for ways to restore the crime lab’s battered reputation and reduce what Malloy called an “intolerable” backlog of evidence for cases including murders and rapes.
Malloy said the decision by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors to reinstate Connecticut’s accreditation will help rebuild the lab’s image, which was heralded for years under the direction of Dr. Henry C. Lee, the state’s high profile criminalist.