THU AM Update: DOJ report shows effort to clear sexual assault kit backlog delayed testing in nearly 350 active cases

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-- Efforts by the state crime lab to trim a backlog of untested sexual assault kits led to delays in testing DNA in nearly 350 active cases, a new Department of Justice report says.
The state began to clear that backlog -- which peaked at over 6,800 untested kits, some of which dated back to the 1980s -- after the DOJ in 2015 received a $4 million federal grant. While most of the work has been outsourced to private labs, a team made up of more than half of the DNA analysts e...

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