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City sexual assault lab work slows

from The Wall Street Journal

The turnaround time for DNA analysis in sexual-assault cases in New York City has increased four fold in five years, a rise that crime-victim advocates called troubling for victims. The median time to complete DNA analysis in a sexual assault case at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner's Department of Forensic Biology rose to 89 days in fiscal year 2013, up from 46 days in fiscal year 2012 and 17.5 days in fiscal year 2009, according to the Mayor's Management Report, a review of the performance of city agencies released in September by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office. more

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