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Editorial: Don't delay DNA testing

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A new state law went into effect last July, requiring DNA evidence collected from sexual assault victims get into the hands of forensic analysts faster.

But in March, 2017, analysts say thousands of rape kits in our state still remain backlogged.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Savannah says that nearly 300 unprocessed kits are from their area.

Why is this happening? The backup seems to be caused by a lack of funding.

"We have tier one cases, or those that involve violent crime, and those are our focus right now. Our top priority is to work those cases first," said GBI Crime Lab Manager Ross Butler.

Governor Nathan Deal has proposed building and opening a new crime lab in Pooler, by 2019.

But what is the state doing about the DNA evidence that sits on its shelves today?

We say that money should be allocated to hired more scientists to get to work now, on this backlog of cases.

Victims need to know that the law is on the trail of their attacker.

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