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.