About three-thousand cases are waiting for resolution at the state crime lab – a backlog created in part from the increase in requests to the lab because of forensic science advances. The lab’s Assistant Director Bill Marbaker says high employee turnover is not helping the situation, either. Marbaker says after the state spends the time andmoney to get the lab workers up-to-speed, many end up leaving for better paying jobs in the private sector. He says more money is needed for more workers at higher salaries but he’s not optimistic that will happen given the tight state budget.
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