A series investigating deficiencies in the Houston Police Department’s crime lab
KHOU-TV’s investigative team scrutinizes the crime lab’s practices, especially the testing of DNA samples in rape cases. They review court files and examine the lab’s scientific test data and conclusions, comparing them to standard laboratory procedures. Using excellent graphics to illustrate the faulty test results, these reports led to an independent audit of the crime lab, the release of one prisoner and the retesting of evidence in hundreds of prosecutions, including death row cases. This is broadcast journalism that makes a difference in people’s lives, and it has spurred nationwide attention to crime lab practices.
Anna Werner, investigative reporter; David Raziq, investigative producer; Chris Henao, photojournalist; Michael T. Devlin, news director.