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A year ago, the LA City Auditor reported that the backlog of DNA samples waiting to be tested by the Los Angeles Police Department had grown to nearly 7,000 with hundreds languishing beyond the legal deadlines.

This year, the LAPD says it reduced that backlog by nearly two-thirds, but they still have "a long way to go," according to the city controller.

In the meantime, accused rapists have escaped prosecution. Victims have lost their chance for justice. What's been the cost of this backlog?

How will it help?

This story will ask and try to answer the following questions

  1. How did the backlog get so bad and so large?
  2. How is the problem being dealt with?
  3. Has the backlog caused any damage (ie, prosecutions lost, reputation of the justice system)?
  4. Can anyone do anything to repair that damage?
 
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