Los Angeles County's sheriff says overtime reductions as a result of budget cuts have significantly slowed his department’s analysis of narcotics evidence.
In a report to the Board of Supervisors, Sheriff Lee Baca writes that trained analysts used to handle the heavy load of cases by working overtime.
The Los Angeles Times reports Sunday that last year the average backlog, before the cuts, was 256 cases. That number has more than tripled, Sheriff's officials say, growing to 920 unanalyzed cases.
Baca recently cut overtime expenses in an effort to compensate for a $128 million budget cut.
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