City Council Approves Funding For Rape Kit Backlog

This past Monday the Los Angeles City Council voted to approve funds for testing the considerable backlog of untested DNA sitting in the LAPD’s freezers. Human Rights Watch reports:

As part of the city’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year, the council approved money for an additional 26 employees for the city’s crime lab DNA section and for using private crime laboratories for outsourcing. The budget now goes to the mayor for signature or veto within 10 days of approval by the City Council. The city has a backlog of more than 5,000 “rape kits,” as the collected evidence is called, which have not been tested to try to identify a suspect through matching DNA.

Previously on FBLA:
LA Weekly Delves Into LAPD’s Rape Kit Debacle
LAPD Rape Kit Debacle Continues