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Title:Forensic Science Task Force
Contact Name:Illinois State Police
Function:Forensic Science Task Force shall be charged with the following: (1) Review the current status of equipment, instrumentation, maintenance, facilities and staffing levels at ISP Crime Laboratories; (2) Identify obstacles to the acquisition of supplies, equipment and services that are necessary for the effective delivery of timely forensic science services by ISP crime laboratories and other publicly-funded laboratories; (3) Identify obstacles to recruitment, hiring, training, and retention of forensic scientists and crime scene investigators at ISP crime laboratories and other publicly-funded crime laboratories, including efforts to increase diversity; (4) Review the law and procedures to identify measures to improve submissions to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) and to reduce all Illinois crime laboratories’ backlogs; (5) Review and recommend improvements in the sharing of information concerning the status of criminal cases and testing of evidence, including the sharing of information between lead investigators and state’s attorneys, and the updating of criminal history record information systems; (6) Review and recommend improvements in current procedures for prioritizing the testing of evidence at ISP crime laboratories and other publicly-funded crime laboratories; (7) Review the structure and work of forensic science commissions in other states and make recommendations concerning the creation and structure of such a commission in Illinois; and (8) Make any other recommendations and proposals which would, in the view of the Forensic Science Task Force, further ensure complete, accurate, and timely evidence collection and forensic analysis, as well as the transparent, efficient and effective operation of the publicly-funded Illinois crime laboratories.
Term:The Forensic Science Task Force shall issue a report detailing its findings and providing guidance and recommendations to the Governor by June 1, 2020.  The report shall also be submitted to the General Assembly.  Upon submission of this report, the Forensic Science Task Force shall be dissolved.
Senate Confirmation:No
Qualifications:The Forensic Science Task Force shall consist of members appointed by the Governor who have experience or expertise related to the criminal justice system and the testing of evidence by publicly-funded crime laboratories.
Compensation:None
Chair:Director of State Police
Authority:Executive Order 2019-13

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