Nov. 11, 2015 – Sandra Thompson, UHLC Professor and Director of the Criminal Justice Institute, will be a guest speaker for the Houston Community College (HCC) REEL Film and Speaker fall series tomorrow.
The event will be held at HCC Southwest, 5601 West Loop S., in the West Loop Auditorium at 2 p.m. Thompson will dive into the challenges that modern day crime labs face and the obstacles that lay before them as outlined in her latest book, “Cops in Lab Coats.”
"What my book does is to try to help lawyers, judges, policymakers, and the general public better understand why it is possible that a crime lab could completely get the science wrong. What are the issues, how widespread are the issues, and what are some of the solutions," said Thompson during a recent interview.
Prior to her tenure at UHLC, Thompson served for two years in the New York District Attorney's Office as both a trial and appellate attorney. She was named as one of the nine-member board of directors to manage HPD's crime lab transformation into the newly created Houston Forensic Science Center.
Dr. Ann Bragdon, HCC Chair of Anthropology and Geography and REEL organizer said, “Professor Thompson's work and recommendations as described in her book will be informative for students with interest in criminal justice and forensic science and others with concerns for social justice and civil rights in the legal system.”