The Austin Police Department’s forensic crime laboratory, which temporarily shut down in June 2016 due to issues of contamination and tampering that were raised by the Texas Forensic Science Commission, will likely cause Travis County and the city of Austin around $6 to $14.4 million to reopen.
While Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said they are still not sure as to what exact amount would be needed to make a clean review of the cases that involved the contaminated DNA evidence, she noted “I expect it to be a very large number. The downstream costs of this are mostly in the country’s column, and we’re going to need the city’s assistance with this.”
However, some city officials said they do not believe that the laboratory’s reopening in 2017 would take millions of dollars.
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