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Alaska State Crime Lab Fact Sheet

Alaska State Crime Lab Fact Sheet

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PB-0033
• March 22, 2010
 201 Barrow Street #
8 Anchorage, Alaska 99501 • 907.334.5853 •
info@alaskapolicyforum.org
Alaska State Crime Labexpansion project fact sheet
 
 
The crime laboratory being proposed for Alaska will be one of the mostexpensive ever constructed in the United States, and that does not includethe cost that will be required to finish the 19% shell space.
 
Compared to other states, the number of criminal cases submitted to
Alaska’s crime laboratory is among the lowest in the nation.
 
Alaska has the dubious distinction of having the highest rate of forcible rapein the nation. However, crime rates should never be used to properly size a
crime laboratory. That’s like saying since Alaska is the largest state in the
union, it should have the largest crime lab.
 
In terms of rate of violent crimes/100,000, Alaska is ranks #9, betweenFlorida and California. When you look at the total number of violent crimes,
Alaska’s total pales in comparison to these two states. Alaska had 4,474
violent crimes, California had 185,173, and Florida had 126,265.
 
Alaska’s unfinished new crime laboratory will be seventeen times the cost of  North Dakota’s n
ew crime lab.
 
Alaska has already spent 1/3 more than it took to build the North Dakotalaboratory on dumping gravel into the wetlands construction site. (ND Lab= $5.3 million, Alaska gravel = $8 million) Why c
ouldn’t the State find a
building site that wa
sn’t over wetlands?
 
 
PB-0033
• March 22, 2010
 201 Barrow Street #
8 Anchorage, Alaska 99501 • 907.334.5853 •
info@alaskapolicyforum.org
 
The new crime lab will be landscaped with 275 trees along with bushes andperennials costing over $500,000.
 
While not a building designed for the public, the picnic area for laboratoryincludes tables, benches, and trash receptacles costing over $30,000.
 
Alaska’s proposed new laboratory will be nearly 2 ½ times the cost of thePhoenix Police Department’s new laboratory. Phoenix is the fifth largest
city in the United States.
 
The Grand Staircase in the proposed laboratory’s atrium contains 30
polished granite stair treads costing $900 each.
 
The total number of criminal cases submitted to the Alaska crime laboratorywas about the same in 2009 as it was in 1994.
 
The number of DNA cases submitted to the Alaska crime laboratory hasdeclined each of the past three fiscal years. The total for FY2009 was lessthan half of what was submitted in FY2006.
 
In the first six months of FY2010, Alaska’s DNA unit completed analyzing
evidence from only three different property crimes.
 
In the April of 2005, A
laska’s DNA unit matched a DNA collected from five
different Mat-Su Valley burglary scenes to a know felon.
 
Fewer fingerprint cases were submitted to the Alaska crime laboratory in2009 than were submitted in 1998.
 
At 57,000 square feet, Iowa’s new state
crime lab is 67% the size of thelaboratory proposed for Alaska. The Iowa crime lab annually receives about
4 times the number criminal cases that are submitted to Alaska’s crime lab.
 
Iowa paid about $17 million for their new crime laboratory in 2005. Alaskahas paid almost as much on consultants, blueprints, and site preparation(gravel).
 
Alaska’s
proposed crime lab has 15,963 square feet of granite tile claddingcosting $40/sf.

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