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LAPD Admits Rape-Kit Backlog is a 'Problem'

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In response to City Controller Laura Chick's report on the LAPD's backlog of 7,000 untested rape-kits--over 200 of which are already past the statute of limitations--Chief William Bratton admitted the issue as a “tremendously important problem," at a press conference yesterday evening. Although Chick calls for fixing the problem in three years like New York City did when it had a backlog of 17,000 kits, Bratton's plan will clear the backup to zero by 2013... that is if the funding comes in, even though the program previously lost a half million dollars in an internal clerical error. Bratton's two prong plan basically grow the number of criminalists and lab techs by over 30 as well as contracting to DNA labs across the country.