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Governor Brown creates workgroup to examine OSP Crime Lab

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Governor Kate Brown announced Friday she is forming a workgroup to evaluate the practices and procedures followed by the Oregon State Police Crime Lab after the recent concerns raised by stakeholders.

Officials say this was at the request of Oregon State Police Superintendent Rich Evans.

"The credibility of the criminal justice system is critical to Oregon's citizens," Governor Brown said. "Superintendent Evans and I believe that an open review of the lab is appropriate under the circumstances. I am confident that the participants of this work group will give the issues full and open consideration, and make appropriate recommendations for the best ways to move forward."

According to the release, Governor Brown has asked members of her general counsel’s office and police staff to ensure the group gets all of the information requests, and the appropriate parties are invited to present to the workgroup.

The group will be examining the recent allegations of tampering and identifying any changes that need to be made.

If changes are required, the group will assist in having a draft ready for the February 2016 legislative session.

The workgroup will be co-chaired by Senator Jackie Winters and House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson.

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