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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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