LAPD Rape Kit Backlog Knocked Down by Half
It was about a year ago when the public was outraged over some 7,500 rape kits sitting on the shelves of LAPD criminalist labs untested. Fueled by the anger and a city audit, the LAPD announced they would begin going through all the kits. Today, 3,157 kits are left to go with the full backlog completed in the summer of 2011, according to the LA Times
However, LAPD officials warn that budget cuts, civilian staff furloughs and a funding source's unknown future could slow down the effort. To date, evidence tested in the backlogged rape kits has so far linked to 405 men in the state's database.