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.”
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