I have my first post up at the Crime Lab Project Forum. I haven't talked about CLP here before - I don't even think I have my link up yet - but it's time to correct that.
For those of you who aren't familiar with CLP, the goal is to generate awareness about the funding shortfalls facing crime labs in America. You can read more about the crime lab project here and if you aren't familiar with CLP, please, please I urge you to take a few minutes and go over and read about this important effort.
Did you know that killers and rapists are walking free because in some cases, staff shortages are resulting in eighteen-month waiting periods for evidence to be processed? Did you know that victims are being denied any form of justice through the law because the resources aren't there to push cases forward and present enough compelling evidence in court to make them stick?
Not everyone who drops by here is a crime fiction fan, and that's cool, but no matter who you are, your life is touched by crime. At the least, we pay higher insurance premiums because of left, of fraud, of criminals stealing, robbing, thieving and in some cases killing.
At worst, we're direct victims, people who've lost a sense of our innocence by having someone invade our lives.
I remember seven years ago, just after Kevin and I got married. My sister's house was robbed. It happened during the day. The thieves broke in through the window of my old bedroom.
One of the things they stole was a vcr, which happened to have a video that belonged to my niece in it. It was a rude awakening for the five-year-old Arriel, that someone came and took something that was hers. And they shouldn't have.
No matter our age, gender, race, religion, we're all vulnerable.
Help those who dedicate themselves to criminal justice get the resources they need to do their jobs... and ultimately, protect you.