Somebody needs to tell this Winston-Salem police chief how “speedy crime lab tests” (to avoid huge delays from the state lab) might not work out so well in some circumstances. The “speedy trial” reward for being “speedy” in that his mini-lab needs regular calibration and proficiency testing that no one learns at the local police academy. Last I heard some of the large regional crime labs are not doing so well. And here. And here. And here.
Rountree [the Chief] said being able to process tests faster will be better for investigators and the accused.
“It will allow citizens to have a speedy trial,” Rountree said.
“It can potentially save money as far as jail space,” he said. “People that couldn’t afford to get out on bail can now have their day in court.”
“This swift turn around should also provide an expedited resolution to all interested parties in a criminal case,” said District Attorney Jim O’Neil.
Police are going through the final approval processes through the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors and the Laboratory Accreditation Board. The anticipated opening is Aug. 1.
That’s the very same forensic certification company whose members seem a bit miffed with the two NY Innocence Project lawyers being members of the NY State Forensic Commission. They don’t like “outsiders” being involve with forensics.