DNA testing in criminal cases goes to the Illinois State Police crime lab. And in recent years, more evidence is being submitted. That is helping add to a huge backlog that results in delays for victims, the accused and the justice system.
Also, we find out what an Illinois survey on sexual harassment discosvered in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
That and more on this week's Statewide.
* Natalie Moore of WBEZ takes a closer look at the provisions for equity in the new recretational marijuana law.
* Ryan Delaney with St. Louis Public Radio tells us about a new approach to taking P.E. classes: doing them at home.
* Dan Libman, an author and Northern Illinois University English professor, will do his best to convince you of the hard work, physical demands and creativity needed in the world of pro wrestling.
* Lee Gaines of Illinois Newsroom interviews U.S. Senator Dick Durbin about a plan that could give prison inmates Pell grants for college.
* Patrick Smith with WBEZ finds out the problems that result in a testing backlog of DNA evidence at the State Police crime lab and the impact that results.
* Maureen McKinney speaks with Seyi Amosu with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute about a survey of Illinois residents on sexual harassment.
Statewide, which brings you reports and conversations from in and around Illinois, is a production of NPR Illinois with help from other Illinois public radio stations. Find all our episodes online at Statewideshow.com. Drop us a line at Scraw1@uis.edu
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