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The Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Labs (CPFFCL) was first conducted in 2003 to capture data on the 2002 workload and operations of the 351 publicly funded crime labs operating that year. It is produced every three or four years since it was first conducted. The CPFFCL includes all state, county, municipal, and federal crime labs that (1) are solely funded by government or whose parent organization is a government agency and (2) employ at least one full-time natural scientist who examines physical evidence in criminal matters and provides reports and opinion testimony with respect to such physical evidence in courts of law. For example, this includes DNA testing and controlled substance identification for federal, state, and local jurisdictions. Some publicly funded crime labs are part of a multi-lab system. The census attempted to collect information from each lab in the system. Police identification units, although sometimes responsible for fingerprint analysis, and privately operated facilities were not included in the census.

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2012
Durose, Matthew R.,  Walsh, Kelly A.,  Burch, Andrea M. Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories, 2009. Bulletin. NCJ 238252, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
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2010
Strom, Kevin J.,  Hickman, Matthew J. Unanalyzed evidence in law-enforcement agencies: A national examination of forensic processing in police departments. Criminology and Public Policy. 9, (2), 381-404.
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2008
Durose, Matthew R. Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories, 2005. Bulletin. NCJ 222181, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
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2005
Bureau of Justice Statistics . Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories, 2002. Bureau of Justice Statistics Bulletin. NCJ 207205, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
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2004
Hickman, Matthew J.,  Peterson, Joseph L. Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories: 50 Largest Crime Labs, 2002. Bureau of Justice Statistics Fact Sheet. NCJ 205988, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs.
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