Notice and Agenda for Regular Meeting of the California Crime Laboratories Task Force (Pen. Code, 11062)

Monthly Meeting

Thursday, February 7, 2008
10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Office of the Attorney General
Room 730
1300 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 323-7956


The Task Force will consider the following items, although the order of business may be changed without prior notice:

  1. Review and approve minutes (circulated in advance to members)
  2. Letters to agency heads and lab directors
  3. Speaker:
  4. Prof. Joseph Peterson
    Director, School of Criminal Justice and Criminalists
    California State University, Los Angeles

    Prof. Peterson will describe his experience in conducting national crime lab surveys and advise the Task Force on effective survey methods

  5. Task Force lab survey and timeline for completion
  6. Scope of Task Force mandate and report
  7. Lab inspection reports - table discussion until March meeting
  8. Other new business
  9. March meeting in Los Angeles

Minutes of Last Meeting

Previous Meetings Notice/Agenda

Task Force Vision/Mission Statement

Resume / CV of Task Force Members

Documents and Reports

  1. ABA Standards on DNA Evidence
  2. California Public Defenders Association, "Defender List"
  3. 2005 USDOJ Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories
  4. 1998 State Auditor's Report - working papers (hand written notations): Copies may be ordered by Colleen Higgins at the Department of Justice at (916) 323-7956 or by email at
  5. Legislative Mandate Summary
  6. NIJ "Increasing Efficiency in Crime Laboratories" (January 2008)
  7. Paul Coverdell's Audit (January 2008) (58 pages)


The California Crime Laboratories Task Force, and any committees thereof, comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act by ensuring that the meeting facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities, and providing that this notice and information given to the members of the Task Force is available to the public in appropriate alternative formats when requested. If you need further assistance, including disability-related modifications or accommodations, you may contact Colleen Higgins at the Department of Justice at (916) 323-7956 or by email at

Questions or requests for additional information prior to the Task Force meeting may be referred to Colleen Higgins at the Department of Justice at (916) 323-7956 or by email at