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ISP forensic labs show progress on case backlogs

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SPRINGFIELD, IL (WSIL) -- A new online resource shows the public how the Illinois State Police Forensic Services are handling ongoing investigations and case backlogs.

The online dashboard highlights the number of case assignments completed by each section of the lab, the average number of days it took to complete those assignments, and the number of assignments pending completion in each section.

According to a press release the dashboard is set to be updated monthly.

“We want to provide accountability and transparency to victims, law enforcement, prosecutors and the general public to assure them that we are committed to continued improvement in our laboratory system,” said ISP Director Brendan Kelly. “Addressing the backlog is a top priority so that justice is never waiting on forensics whether it’s an unsolved cold case, a hot investigation, a case ready for trial, or post-conviction claims of innocence.”

Efforts are underway to improve workflows to improve turnaround times. A recent audit found Biology/DNA currently has an average turnaround time of 193 days.

ISP officials say the Illinois State Police Forensic laboratory system is one of the largest in the country. It is "...the only system in the nation that serves both an entire state and a massive metropolis like Chicago, providing forensic support for all police departments in Illinois."

Jeff Weinrich

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