Crime Laboratory Review Task Force

Monthly Meeting

Thursday, August 7, 2008
10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Office of the Attorney General
Department of Justice
1300 I Street, Suite 730
Sacramento, CA 95814
CONTACT: (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 July minutes
  2. Approve lab visit letter [circulate recent version]
  3. Sub-committees and assignments [circulate Mike's proposed list]
  4. Update on survey return
  5. Student assistant (introduce) and tabulating survey results
  6. Time line for completing assignments and report [Mike proposal and comments]
  7. Discuss lab interview questions
  8. Guest speaker, Barry Scheck [which may effect how many of other issues are covered]; if he is not available further discussion of oversight commissions


Minutes of Last Meeting

Previous Meetings Notice/Agenda


Task Force Vision/Mission Statement


Resume / CV of Task Force Members


Requirements for 2008 California Crime Laboratory Inventory & Survey


Documents and Reports

  1. Lab Interview Questions - DRAFT (8/7/08) PDF logo [PDF 13 kb / 2 pg]
  2. Barry Fisher Article: National Academy of Science’s study Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Sciences Community. PDF logo [PDF 15 kb / 2 pg]
  3. NY Inspector General Report of NYPD Investigation of Drug Test Irregularities in 2002 (dated December 2007) PDF logo [PDF 2 mb / 41 pg]
  4. NY Commission Report on NYPD Latent Print Unit Incident (June 2007) PDF logo [PDF 292 kb / 10 pg]
  5. NY Commission Report on NYPD Microscopic Exam Unit Incident (August 2007) PDF logo [PDF 418 kb / 12 pg]
  6. NY Commission on Forensic Science and Establishment of DNA Identification Index (November 2006) PDF logo [PDF 797 kb / 13 pg]
  7. Barry Scheck PowerPoint presentation (94 kb)



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