Has the state crime lab improved? I-Team takes a look

EMBED </>More Videos

Inside the state crime lab

It's not often we get a look inside the state crime lab. Why now? Ask the NC Attorney General Josh Stein and he'll tell you it's part transparency and part appeal.

The crime lab has experienced a few blows to its reputation during the past few years; from crooked agents to an enormous backlog in rape kits, the lab has had its problems.

Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News App

But Stein said the lab has made significant strides in cutting down those backlogs and other areas of operations. He said he wanted to open the crime lab's doors to show the progress that's been made.

But Stein's other reason for showcasing the lab was a plea for better equipment and permission to change the way the state obtains it.

"About a million and a half dollars would help us start the process of getting the right age and caliber of machinery here to the state crime lab," Stein said, pointing to equipment three times its recommended life cycle.

Stein wants to start leasing testing equipment instead of buying it. That - like the request for a recurring $1.5 million dedicated to equipment - would require legislative approval.

Watch: Learn all the ways you can contact the I-Team
Report a Typo

Related Topics:
politicscrime lab scandalroy cooperdepartment of justicestate politicsgubernatorial raceI-TeamRaleigh
(Copyright ©2017 WTVD-TV. All Rights Reserved.)

Load Comments

I-TEAM
More I-Team

POLITICS
More Politics

Top Stories
Show More