Los Angeles backlog of untested DNA rape cases

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Los Angeles city leaders announce that forensic positions will not be funded

Los Angeles city leaders announce that forensic positions will not be funded

Human Rights Watch reported on the lack of follow-through regarding the growing backlog of untested DNA in rape cases in the city of Los Angeles.  In May 2009, the City Council approved 26 new crime lab positions which:

“The police maintained that the positions were necessary to address a backlog of 7,000 untested sets of physical evidence in rape cases, known as rape kits, and to develop a long-term solution for efficient and effective rape kit testing. For the first time since the positions were approved, the city acknowledged today that the positions have not been funded and will not be filled.”

To read the full article, click here.

Livia Rojas, MSSW, is the Training and Resource Coordinator in the Campus Program at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) where she provides training and technical assistance to recipients of the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Grant to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking on college and university campuses across the United States and territories. Livia has eleven years of working to advance human rights and student organizing through practice and research.

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  • Cyndi Huebner February 2, 2010, 9:50 AM

    I read the article on the LA hiring of 26 forensic technicians to address the evidence backlog issue and am frustrated and appalled. We keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results; more money, more people, and the backlog continues,
    “The solution is not more money, equipment, or people, but a more efficient method in how we process evidence.” Dr. Valerie Mattimore Fuller
    Makes sense. I read this quote at MavenAnalytical.com. The website shows how the Tulsa Oklahoma Police Department has eliminated their backlog issue using a new method called MavenQST.
    Seems to me that if one police department is able to eliminate the problem, they all should be able to do the same.
    Go to the website http://www.mavenanalytical.com and see what they have developed. It might be the answer to the problem everyone is looking for.
    Thanks for all that you do, keep up the fight,
    Cyndi Huebner