Alameda County District Attorney's Office
Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

Meet DA Nancy E. O'Malley

Using New Technology to Assist in Processing Backlog of DNA Kits

District Attorney Nancy O'Malley is continuing to champion the use of new technologies to assist in processing the backlog of DNA kits in Alameda County.

The new RapidHIT machine, recently acquired by the Alameda County Sheriff's Department, is just one of the new technologies that can help us to process the backlog of DNA kits in this county, as well as perform contemporaneous investigations of in-custody suspects. The machine can process a full DNA profile from a kit in under two hours, which would usually take weeks or month if it were sent to a state lab.

DA O'Malley said, “We can’t spend the next 20 years testing kits of sexual assault crimes that happened 10 years ago. We need to do it now and we need to do it efficiently; we need to utilize all the technology that’s available to us so that we can bring justice to victims who have been sexually assaulted and to those whose cases have never been solved.

"We can get people out of jail or prison who have been wrongly convicted, and we can continue to keep our community safe," O'Malley said.

Posted on Feb 27, 2015