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Board Members Overseeing Houston’s Crime Lab Discuss its Past, Present, and Future

The Houston Forensic Science Center is a local corporation created in 2012 to provide independent forensic services to law enforcement agencies, primarily the Houston Police Department. In 2014, the independent forensic operation took over what were formerly HPD’s Crime Scene Unit, Crime Lab, and part of its Identification Division. The crime lab is governed by […]

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The Houston Forensic Science Center is a local corporation created in 2012 to provide independent forensic services to law enforcement agencies, primarily the Houston Police Department. In 2014, the independent forensic operation took over what were formerly HPD's Crime Scene Unit, Crime Lab, and part of its Identification Division.

The crime lab is governed by a nine-member board of directors.

Last month, the Houston City Council confirmed a few appointments, including Nicole Casarez, who was appointed as the board's chairwoman, and Anthony Graves, who was exonerated in 2010 after spending more than a decade on death row.

Houston Matters' Maggie Martin sat down with Nicole Casarez and Anthony Graves at the Houston Police Department, where most operations of the Houston Forensic Science Center are currently housed, to talk about the crime lab's future.

MORE: Is Houston’s Crime Lab Improving? (Houston Matters, Jan. 8, 2014)

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