SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The state attorney general’s office is receiving national recognition for accelerating the testing of rape kits, using innovations that have been adopted by eight of California’s 58 counties.
Attorney General Kamala Harris said Tuesday that her office’s Rapid DNA Service Team will receive the U.S. Department of Justice’s Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services.READ MORE: Ring Videos Show Creepy Encounters By Man At Home of Sacramento Mother And Her Children
On Wednesday, an Assembly committee will consider using the attorney general’s program as a model for use statewide.READ MORE: 'I Thank God': More California Churches To Offer Vaccines In Effort To Reach Underserved Communities
The program automates DNA testing, tripling the number of cases that can be handled and reducing processing time to 15 days. It was used to eliminate a backlog of 1,300 rape cases in state-run laboratories.
The eight counties using the program do not include densely populated counties such as Los Angeles, many of which have backlog problems.MORE NEWS: 'A Trend That Won't Go Away': Sacramento City Leaders Consider Permanent Plans For Street Dining
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