Houston fingerprint unit gets $2.3 million funding

HOUSTON The Houston City Council on Wednesday approved an additional $2.3 million for the program.

The lab came under scrutiny in 2009 when an audit showed that some examiners were missing usable fingerprints on evidence. That led to a review of fingerprint evidence in violent crime cases, which found no wrong identification of suspects from 2004 to 2009.

The agreement extends a contract with Collinsville, Miss.,-based consulting firm Ron Smith and Associates until next June.

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