SALT LAKE CITY — Beginning June 1, the public will be able to see the progress of rape kit processing in Salt Lake City as part of an effort to improve transparency and make systemic improvements.
Representatives from the Salt Lake Police Department, state crime lab and Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office presented the plan and their commitment to improve the process at a news conference Wednesday.
Efforts to address the backlog of 625 unprocessed rape kits in the Salt Lake City area have been in the works for several months. The announcement of the plan wasn’t simply a response to the heated Salt Lake City Council meeting on Tuesday, said Salt Lake Police Chief Chris Burbank.
French investigators have begun taking DNA samples from 527 male students and staff at a high school — including boys as young as 14 — as they search for the assailant who raped a teenage girl on the closed campus.
Federal employees applying for security clearances could one day be required to undergo DNA testing.
The government is considering requiring the testing as part of the process for background checks on applicants seeking security clearances. The Department of Defense published a notice on the proposal today in the Federal Register, as first reported in Politico.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sexual assault advocates are demanding changes in the handling of crucial evidence from rape cases in California.
It’s estimated tens of thousands of rape kits are sitting on evidence shelves waiting to be processed.
MADISON, Wisconsin — DNA would be collected only from people arrested for violent felonies like rape and assault under a bill that has passed the state Assembly.
Anyone arrested for a felony in California can now expect both an unpleasant trip to jail and a demand for a sample of their precious DNA.
To the dismay of civil liberties advocates, a federal appeals court on Thursday unanimously upheld California’s law allowing collection of DNA samples from anyone arrested on a felony, citing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year backing a similar Maryland law. A special 11-judge 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel rejected the American Civil Liberties Union’s argument that California’s law is broader than Maryland’s and threatens privacy rights more.
CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) – An inmate could see some added time in prison after DNA linked him to a sex assault case from more than a decade ago.
A shard of glass, some blood and a hit in the state DNA database four years later appears to have closed a break-in from 2010 at Kane’s Gun Shop.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Rhode Island Senate is poised to vote on a proposal to require DNA samples from anyone arrested for a violent crime.
The proposal from Sen. David Bates would significantly expand the state’s DNA collection law, which now requires DNA samples from anyone convicted of a felony.
Some seven years on from when the system was first proposed, the Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Bill 2013 completed its committee stage yesterday.
SALT LAKE CITY — State lawmakers have approved a law that would allow police in Utah to collect DNA samples from people booked into jail on any felony charge.
Elizabeth Smart was among several crime victims who testified in favor of HB212, sponsored by Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy.
Ireland-The Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Bill 2013 will be the focus of the Select Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality tomorrow when it meets with Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter TD.
Madison WI — In a surprise move, state senators with little debate on Tuesday voted to change a law they passed last year that requires police to collect DNA when they arrest suspects for felonies.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A plan to force people arrested for certain crimes to submit DNA samples for a law enforcement database was rejected Wednesday by the Oklahoma House, despite an emotional plea from the bill’s author about a brutal Oklahoma murder solved because of the database.
A smudge of blood on a broken window. A discarded cigarette butt. Even a used piece of toilet paper. These are all items from which Oklahoma City police have recovered DNA evidence from burglars. Even when the criminals have not been identified and charged, their DNA profiles often are.
The department started aggressively pursuing property crime cases through DNA evidence in 2009, said Campbell Ruddock, police DNA lab manager.