ISP forensic labs ready for new DNA law when it goes into effect

Credit: Idaho State Police

ISP forensic labs ready for new DNA law when it goes into effect

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by KTVB

KTVB.COM

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 27 at 6:54 AM

BOISE -- Idaho State Police says the department's Forensic Services laboratories expect to catch up on a big DNA sample backlog by July.

In October 2010, the state lab reported a backlog of 6,000 samples waiting to be processed into the National DNA Index System database.

To date, all 6,000 of those samples have been processed, and the lab is currently processing more than 3,000 samples collected since 2010.

Idaho's new "All Felony Conviction" DNA law goes into effect July First.

ISP says this means the number of DNA samples collected will increase dramatically.

ISP is catching up on the backlog after it trained three new employees, improved equipment and set goals for productivity.

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