CA AG: DNA Database Backlog Eliminated

LOS ANGELES (AP) – California Attorney General Kamala Harris says a backlog for a DNA database has been eliminated and that will allow investigators to analyze evidence within 30 days. Harris said Wednesday that a review of DNA crime scene evidence once took an average of three to four months, but new technology and shifting the caseload among the state’s seven crime labs has improved efficiency. For example, Harris says a new robotics technology allows investigators to analyze sexual assault evidence in two hours rather than two days. Harris says timely investigation of evidence found at crime scenes is key to successful prosecutions. The labs analyzed 5,400 evidence samples last year, compared to 4,800 in 2010. The state’s DNA database contains profiles of 1.8 million offenders and is the fourth largest in the world.

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