The Bureau announces the release of
Timeliness of State Crime Laboratories in Analyzing Evidence 
(report 24-6).

The Department of Justice (DOJ) operates three crime laboratories, which are located in Madison, Milwaukee, and Wausau. In July 2023, DOJ was authorized 177.1 full-time equivalent permanent positions for the crime laboratories, and DOJ spent $30.4 million on the crime laboratories in fiscal year (FY) 2022‑23. The vacancy rate of crime laboratory analyst positions increased from 2.6 percent in July 2019 to 9.5 percent in July 2023. The median turnaround time for analyzing evidence increased from 39 days for assignments created in FY 2019‑20 to 58 days for assignments created in FY 2022‑23. Approximately one-half of the survey responses we received from sheriffs, police chiefs, district attorneys, circuit court judges, public defenders, medical examiners, and coroners indicated satisfaction with the timeliness of DOJ’s crime laboratories in analyzing evidence. We make 16 recommendations to DOJ for improvements.

www.legis.wisconsin.gov/lab  AskLAB@legis.wisconsin.gov(608) 266-2818 • Hotline: 1‑877‑FRAUD‑17

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