Indiana State Police officials say the agency's laboratories have continued improving their turnaround on testing DNA samples even as more such tests continue to be submitted.
The laboratory division's report for 2011 says it ended the year with a backlog of about 390 DNA cases after more than 4,300 were submitted. The report says the agency's four labs completed 89 percent of DNA tests within 45 days - up from 48 percent two years earlier.
State forensic analysis director Eric Lawrence tells The Journal Gazette (http://bit.ly/Nr8wTm ) that all crime labs have a backlog, but what's important is how quickly those tests are done.
Officials attribute the improvements to a larger lab in Indianapolis, more biologists working for the department and the transferring of cases among the crime labs.