Houston fingerprint unit gets $2.3 million funding

July 1, 2010 8:31:19 AM PDT
Consultants will keep operating the Houston police fingerprint unit for another year. 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.