Cleanliness of Austin jail’s blood draw room questionable

A report from the Austin American-Statesman showed that prosecutors dropped a case against a drunk driving suspect during the first week of December after former phlebotomist Angela Gage reported that the Travis County Jail in Texas is operating under unsanitary conditions and has a dirty facility.

This incident coincides at a time when the Austin Police Department’s forensic laboratory is dealing with serious cases of contamination.

The use of blood in drunk driving cases and the issue that jails’ blood drawing rooms are not reliable is a big deal because most police investigations rely on such evidence when it comes to prosecuting a suspect. Travis County started working with Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services for their medics to conduct the blood collections after ending their contract with their private company called ProTouch.

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