Lawmaker seeks audit of ISP forensic work

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- A state lawmaker is calling for a performance audit of Illinois State Police Forensic Services over months-long wait times for DNA evidence processing.

Rep. Sue Scherer is sponsoring Joint Resolution 140, which calls for a performance audit of ISP’s Division of Forensic Services’ equipment, procedures and personnel levels.

“The forensic files are just sitting in the state police, and they’re not moving forward the way they need to,” Scherer said. “We need to speed up the process for the safety of the people that are being affected by it.”

An Illinois State Police spokesperson told WAND the agency does not comment on pending legislation. He said the average age of DNA cases worked is 219 days.

“(T)he Illinois State Police is committed to providing accurate and timely forensic analysis to support the administration of criminal justice throughout Illinois,” he said.

A Fiscal Year 2018 DNA Testing Accountability Report cited insufficient staffing and complex state procurement rules as factors in backlogs of forensic cases.

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