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L.A. County gets grant for DNA backlog
LOS ANGELES -- A federal grant will help the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department resume clearing a backlog of DNA evidence from thousands of rape and sexual assault cases.
Sheriff Lee Baca last month blamed funding shortages for his department suspending efforts to reduce the decades-long backlog of DNA evidence. Police say their backlog could be cleared by next summer.
University spokesman Sean Kearns says the grant will fund a program for graduate students to provide administrative support to the agencies, identify up to 250 cases for private testing and pay for courses in advanced forensic training.
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