MadCo leaders ask for investment in forensics | News
35801- Madison County law enforcement and judicial
leaders told Mike Hubbard the state needs to make a major investment in the
state forensics lab in Huntsville in order to alleviate major delays in trials
The backlog in the forensics lab is not a new
issue. The state has cut the lab's budget for the last several years and even
closed a lab in Florence, causing more delays because Shoals law enforcement
now has to process evidence in Huntsville.
Speaker Hubbard said concerns have come from
police chiefs, investigators, and the Madison County District Attorney's
office. He said the state is limited on cash, although he understands if
something is corrected, it will not only benefit people in Madison County, but
also the surrounding counties that use the lab.
"I will be utilizing Representative Johnson
from a House standpoint and doing some investigating and finding out what we
can do," said Hubbard. "But I can tell you it is on our radar in a big way."
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