Daily Archives: September 9, 2016

Officials say more resources needed to fix DNA test backlog

Cyan HelixHARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania officials say it will take significant new funding to cut into Allegheny County Crime Lab’s 2 1/2-year evidence backlog.
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale linked the backlog to a lack of resources, as the lab only has nine people to process all of the DNA evidence. The lab processes evidence for 137 crime agencies, including Allegheny County and Pittsburgh police.

Public Safety Commission Calls for $5.6 Million to Clear DNA Backlog

dna-test3From the Austin Monitor: The Public Safety Commission upped the ante Tuesday, calling for an additional $5.6 million to tackle a backlog of DNA cases that continue to accumulate while the city’s lab remains shuttered.
With a week left to pass the city’s budget, City Council is already considering an additional $1.9 million to hire seven analysts and outsource DNA testing. Council Member Greg Casar vowed to find that funding Thursday, after lengthy, sometimes-emotional testimony from Austinites who stressed its urgency.