IL DNA backlog eliminated

AP Wire Reports

Illinois state police today announced they have finally eliminated an enormous backlog in testing D-N-A samples.

It's news that is being cheered by advocates for rape victims
frustrated by long delays in investigating cases.

Angela Exson of Rape Victim Advocates says police departments
her group works with say the increased testing is paying off with
more leads.

At one point, the state had nearly two-thousand samples waiting
to be tested. The Blagojevich administration
increased state funding for the tests and obtained more federal
money.

That allowed the state to send some samples for testing at
private laboratories, while additional government analysts were
being hired.

State police director Larry Trent says police departments
sending D-N-A to the state lab can now expect it to be analyzed
within 30 days.


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