This is the final report on the NIJ-sponsored "Crime Lab Improvement" (CLIP) project managed by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, which used grant funds to improve the efficiency, productivity, and quality of the crime lab system.
Some of the grant funds were used to purchase lab equipment that increased the efficiency, productivity, and quality of the lab's work. Purchases included 310 and 3100 capillary electrophoresis (CE) units for use in various DNA work. Also purchased was a new LAN for DNA units, which enables analysts to have information from the DNA analyses at their desktops. In addition, extraction hoods were purchased for DNA analysis, as well as a new fingerprint laser for the Wausau Lab. A Grimm 2 Glass Analysis system was also purchased, along with a new camera and comparison microscope for the firearms unit. Replacements were installed for outdated photo equipment in field response programs, and a stereomicroscope was replaced in the firearms unit. In addition to equipment purchases and installations, grant funds were used to train several analysts in various DNA methodologies. Other grant funds were spent on finishing the validation of the Powerplex 16 STR DNA analysis system; the establishment of a "cold case" analysis capability; and the development of a post-conviction testing capability. State legislation has been enacted that ensures the retention of biological evidence until a person convicted is released from prison.