MADISON — Wisconsin’s crime labs are suffering from multiple shortcomings, including poor morale and accepting too much evidence from police, according to a report released Tuesday commissioned by the state Department of Justice. Attorney General Brad Schimel hired Florida International University’s National Forensic Science Technology Center in June to review operations at the labs, which have been struggling with processing delays. The review cost the department about $43,
MADISON — Attorney General Brad Schimel wants an additional $1.6 million in the next state budget to hire more than a dozen more state crime lab employees. Testing delays have plagued the labs for years as police submit more evidence in hopes of developing suspect DNA profiles and other leads. Schimel submitted his 2019-2021 budget request to Gov. Scott Walker’s administration Monday. He asks for $1.6 million over the biennium to fund 14 additional full-time positions in the labs.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel has asked everyone who works at the state Department of Justice to sign a nondisclosure agreement covering their time in office and even after they have left. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday that Schimel sent an email to staffers in his agency on Aug. 10 telling them to sign the statement. It included a spreadsheet with 129 employees who had yet to sign it. “If your name is on the attached list, please print