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Rape Kit Backlog Finally Eliminated

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After two years of frustration and anger and concern over 6,000 untested rape kits that were reported in 2008, the backlog has finally been eliminated, according to CBS Los Angeles.

Though the results from the last few hundred kits still need to be reviewed, the once mammoth-sized backlog is now down to zero. This represents a significant milestone in a long, protracted and very public drama that drew outrage from many groups and placed intense pressure on LAPD to clear the backlog.

Federal grants made it possible for LAPD to outsource the testing and move steadily through the large backlog.

Capt. Kevin McClure said that testing of the cold case and current rape kits led to the arrests of 245 people in 2010.