Magazine article Corrections Forum

State DNA Crime Lab Opens in Richmond

Magazine article Corrections Forum

State DNA Crime Lab Opens in Richmond

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Contra Costa Times

An $18 million DNA crime lab, considered to be one of the world's most sophisticated, opened in Richmond this week, and with it, a hefty responsibility of assisting law enforcement officers in 46 California counties identify crime suspects in resolving cases previously believed to be unsolvable. The 68,000-square-- foot facility will house the Cal DNA Data Bank, the Cold Hit program, and the Missing Persons DNA programs, and with a database of 210,000 samples on hand, is the largest crime lab in the country. The original crime lab opened with a staff of just two in 1989 as an off-shoot of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, but eventually grew to a staff of 15 by 1992. Today's lab, located in the 1000 block of West Cutting Boulevard, is staffed by 141 science and administrative staff. …

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