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IG: FBI's backlog reaches 3,200 forensic DNA cases

4 years ago August 09, 2010 Aug 9, 2010 Monday, August 09 2010 Monday, August 09, 2010 10:58:59 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press

The Justice Department's inspector general says the FBI laboratory has a backlog of more than 3,200 forensic DNA cases.

The IG says such backlogs can delay legal proceedings and prevent the timely capture of criminals.

The backlog has grown 130 percent in a single year to 276 cases for one type of DNA case and has grown 40 percent to 757 cases for another type.

The FBI says it is bringing on board 17 additional forensic examiners. Hiring and training the new personnel could take significant time.

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