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Budget cuts ordered by L.A. County sheriff hamper fingerprint operation

Jun 12, 2010 9:21:00 PM - latimes.com
The reduction in overtime expenses for fingerprint specialists has delayed the collection of evidence in crimes such as burglaries by as much as a week or more. Victims are frustrated by the time lag.

Budget cuts ordered by Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca have undermined his agency's ability to collect and analyze fingerprint evidence, causing delays for more than 65 homicide investigations and resulting in the destruction of potential leads in scores of other crimes.

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