L.A. County gets grant for DNA backlog

LOS ANGELES Los Angeles said Tuesday /*California State University*/ will get $1 million to help the sheriff's office and /*Los Angeles Police Department*/ process the 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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