A Matter of Due Process: An Examination of How State Mandated Accreditation has Impacted Texas Crime Laboratories

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Mandated accreditation of crime laboratories is a fairly new phenomenon. The state of Texas was the first to require that crime laboratories be accredited in order to be able to present evidence in a criminal proceeding. The laws that govern this are Texas House Bill 2703 and Texas House Bill 1068. The goal of this study is see how the enactment of these laws impacted crime laboratories. There are 42 crime laboratories that are accredited in the state of Texas. This study was conducted by the use of telephone survey interviews. Results indicated that mandated accreditation is a step in ... continued below

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DeLillo, Sandy Dawn May 2008.

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Mandated accreditation of crime laboratories is a fairly new phenomenon. The state of Texas was the first to require that crime laboratories be accredited in order to be able to present evidence in a criminal proceeding. The laws that govern this are Texas House Bill 2703 and Texas House Bill 1068. The goal of this study is see how the enactment of these laws impacted crime laboratories. There are 42 crime laboratories that are accredited in the state of Texas. This study was conducted by the use of telephone survey interviews. Results indicated that mandated accreditation is a step in the right direction to ensure that objectivity is maintained during the processing and evaluation of physical evidence.

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DeLillo, Sandy Dawn. A Matter of Due Process: An Examination of How State Mandated Accreditation has Impacted Texas Crime Laboratories, thesis, May 2008; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc6115/: accessed September 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .