11 August 2006
New Forensics Lab Gains Instant Popularity
An open house of the new Jacksonville
Forensics Laboratory, housed at the McClellan campus of JSU, was held on Thursday, August 10. Most of the people
attending the event agreed on one thing: It wasn’t going to take much for the new lab to be an
improvement over the old. Formerly, nine staff members were crowded into an area designed for three in
the basement of Jacksonville State University’s Brewer Hall. Room temperatures
could soar to almost 100 degrees when the machinery was running.
“It got toasty in there,” said Autumn Cole, a forensic scientist at the lab.
“It’s hard to work in an atmosphere where it’s 85 degrees,” said Alabama
Director of Forensic Sciences Taylor Noggle.
But the new lab is more than just
cooler. It is about double the size of the old lab and has enough space for two more
scientists if the staff needs to expand.
The lab is one of nine in the state, and will focus on drug identification
and verification. It should help cut the backlog of drug cases in the court
system, said Alabama District 39 Rep. Richard Lindsey, who spoke before the
tour of the new facilities.
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