State's DNA Database Suffers from Backlog
The state's 11-year-old DNA database is on pace to solve more than 324 cases this year, but like elsewhere, a national backlog of unanalyzed evidence from 1,100 Wisconsin cases prevents the technology from reaching its full potential. . .
But the increasing success has been accompanied by an increase in the amount of evidence law enforcement agencies are bringing into the state's two DNA labs as investigators have come to realize the ability of the science to solve more than just murder and rape - the crimes most often associated with genetic fingerprinting. Evidence for unsolved crimes, including burglary and theft, is coming in so fast analysts cannot keep up with it. . .