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Issue Position: Rape Kit Backlog

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Schiff has also been working through the appropriations process to increase resources for local crime labs as they struggle to clear a decade-old backlog of DNA evidence collected from sexual assaults. Since 2008, Schiff has obtained millions of federal dollars for both the Los Angeles Sherriff's Department and the Los Angeles Police Department to close the rape kit backlog -- the evidence collected during a sexual assault investigation. Thousands of these kits had gone tragically untested; some had been shelved for more than 10 years without being tested. With his support, both the LAPD and the Sherriff's labs will eliminate the backlog during 2011, a huge step forward from the 14,000 kit backlog they collectively faced in 2009.

Schiff has also obtained substantial federal support to help create a state-of-the-art crime lab in Glendale. The Glendale crime lab will ultimately provide forensic services to police departments throughout the Foothills communities.

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