The news services are once again reporting on the tragic and frustrating backlog on DNA testing of rape kits. The issue was featured in this blog in an earlier post. Students and the general citizenry see nearly instantaneous DNA results in TV portrayals of crime investigation cases. The reality is that these rape kits go untested due to budgetary constraints and bureaucratic prioritizing that tends to trivialize rape cases. It's nice to be able to consider "justice" in a vacuum, but a proper college level education in the law should transcend legal principles and include exposure to the legal system's practical challenges.
See the trailer below for a documentary on the subject: