Category Archives: Backlogs

DNA analysis labs across the country testing backlog of Colorado rape kits

sexual assault kitsDENVER – Rape kits that went ignored by police across Colorado for years are now finally being analyzed under a new law prompted by a 7NEWS investigation, and the CALL7 Investigators got an exclusive look inside one of the labs that is processing them.

Congress sends Obama bill to cut big backlog of analyzing DNA evidence in rape cases

DNA imageWASHINGTON — Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Thursday renewing a soon to expire program that helps local governments cut their backlogs of unexamined DNA evidence in rape cases.
The program provides federal grants to state and local law enforcement agencies so they can speed their analyses of untested evidence kits. Experts say many thousands of such kits are languishing in communities around the country, including some that are many years old.

SFPD working to end rape kit backlog, but several thousand will never be tested

HeatherMarloweAt the end of each performance of Heather Marlowe’s one-woman show about her 2010 rape “The Haze,” she makes a request to the audience: Write to Police Chief Greg Suhr to change the way San Francisco police investigate and handle rape cases.
That’s because The City — which reviewed its evidence for untested rape kits in 2013 after pressure from Marlowe — found it had several thousand kits that had never been sent to the lab, dating back more than a decade.

Crime lab backlog held up DNA evidence on Evans’ gun

EvansCook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said Thursday that a backlog at the Illinois State Police crime lab was responsible for a nearly one-year delay in processing key DNA evidence that has led to charges against a Chicago Police commander for allegedly putting a gun in a suspect’s mouth.

MPD Push on Rape Kit Backlog Yields Indictments

HarveyIndictments are ready on 22 Memphis rape cases that were part of the city’s backlog of untested sexual assault kits.
Memphis Police Department [MPD] Deputy Chief Jim Harvey said some of those indictments are on known suspects, and some of them are on DNA profiles of unknown suspects collected from the kits.

Delays in DNA

GATC and tubeOver the past two decades, DNA technology has become an invaluable tool for catching the guilty and exonerating the innocent. That’s why Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine started calling for old DNA evidence in late 2011, encouraging Ohio’s 800 law enforcement agencies to clear their testable sexual-assault evidence shelves.

More DNA analysts critical to fight backlog

Helix2AUSTIN — DNA evidence can be critical to solve a crime, but a big backlog of cases means it could be months, or even years, before some of those samples get tested.

Alameda County working with FBI to analyze untested rape kits

sexual assault kitsAlameda County is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to reduce the amount of untested forensic evidence of sexual assaults — commonly called rape kits — with $41 million set aside by the federal government to help local police departments and crime laboratories analyze untested rape kits.

$41 million to help reduce rape kit backlog

OMALLEY-300x225About $41 million has been earmarked to help expedite the nationwide processing of rape kits, which preserve evidence of sexual assault, authorities said Tuesday.

More than 130 potential rapists identified in July through statewide testing initiative

sexual assault kitsCOLUMBUS, Ohio — State crime lab investigators found more than 130 DNA matches with potential rapists in July as part of the state’s rape kit testing initiative, the attorney general’s office announced Tuesday.

Victims wait for justice as rape kits sit in lab backlogs

sexual assault kitsLOUISVILLE, Ky. —Thousands of rape kits are collecting dust in crime labs across the country while many offenders remain free.
It’s become such a problem that Congress is considering legislation to give $41 million in grant money to help clear the backlog.

Cleveland has cleared backlog of 3,985 untested rape kits

sexual assault kitsCLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland police have sent the last of 3,985 rape kits to the state crime lab for testing, clearing a backlog of untested sexual assault evidence stretching back to 1993.

Two dozen DNA matches found in first 150 rape kits tested under new law

sexual assault kitsDENVER – One year after the implementation of a new law prompted by a CALL7 investigation, officials say they have already found DNA matches by analyzing previously-untested rape kits.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation said Thursday it had received results back from testing its first batch of 150 rape kits — which represents less than 5 percent of all untested kits statewide — which were outsourced to four labs throughout the country. From those 150 kits, CBI was able to develop 60 DNA profiles and upload them into CODIS, a national DNA database used by law enforcement to identity offenders and help solve crimes.

State needs to address lag in DNA testing

On television, DNA tests come back in 15 minutes. In real life, at least in North Carolina, it may take two years. Just ask Marianne Ortega.Crimescene DNA Tests
DNA testing has become increasingly important in both murder and sexual assault cases. It has proven to be a reliable tool in convicting the guilty and clearing the innocent. But that is true only if test results are available.

Ohio leads the way on breaking through the rape kit backlog

DNA HelixIt’s often said that justice delayed is justice denied. This is especially true for victims in sexual assault cases that were never prosecuted or even fully investigated.