At Sacramento crime lab, ‘CSI’ meets real life

Jill Spriggs is showing off her highly trained staff and the expensive equipment they use to dissect evidence from crime scenes and help solve cases.

The highest-profile part of Sacramento County’s forensic sciences laboratory, however, is off limits. It’s where criminalists create DNA profiles – and where every precaution is taken to prevent contamination. The afternoon Spriggs gave a tour, Nikki Sewell was trying to extract DNA from a jacket in a robbery case and Angel Shaw was processing a rape kit. In another lab, Leslie Poole was hoping to match bullet cartridges from a series of shootings after swabbing a gun for DNA.