Category Archives: Backlogs

Untested Rape Kits: State Budget Earmarks $300,000 for Backlog

DNA HelixLAKELAND | Although Gov. Rick Scott slashed more than $460 million from the 2015 Florida budget, Specific Appropriation 1247 remained untouched.
SA 1247 provides $300,000 in recurring general revenue funds to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement “to conduct a statewide audit of rape kits that have not been analyzed, including both kits that have been submitted to a laboratory for analysis and those that have not been submitted.”

Law enforcement struggles with rape kits backlog

GATCSexual assault cases are breaking, or at least getting cracked, locally and throughout the nation as backlogged rape kits flood into labs for analysis.
In the Top of Utah, some of these untested kits date back over 15 years. Local police say they recognize the importance of getting tests out of storerooms and into crime centers for testing. But the road from local law enforcement agency to the state forensic labs remains rutted. Agency to agency, local methods for navigating the backlog barriers also diverge.

Why Are 137 Rape Kits Untested In El Cajon?

Rape KitsJune 25, 2015 (El Cajon) – Nationwide, over 400,000 rape kits have never been tested, including many right here in our region. Yet testing every rape kit can produce undeniably dramatic results.

NC rape victims waiting 2+ years for DNA test results

DNA CollectorNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT)-It’s a topic making national headlines. Rape kits, with DNA evidence from the crime, sitting untested in crime labs for years. In other cases, kits simply abandoned in police evidence rooms with no plans to test them at all.

Backlog In Rape Kit Testing Persists

Helix4State says outside agency will soon begin to test kits. NBC Chicago’s Carol Marin reports. (Published Thursday, Jun 11, 2015)
In Illinois the backlog of untested rape kits is an estimated 1600, according to a State Police official. In some cases, it takes up to a year to complete the test.

Bill to Expand Access to DNA Testing & Exonerate the Wrongfully Convicted Passes Assembly

Entire DNA SampleLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson, Charles Mainor and Whip Wilson to help clear the wrongfully convicted by allowing anyone convicted of a crime to request DNA testing was approved 71-1-2 by the full Assembly on Thursday.
New Jersey is one of 14 states with an incarceration requirement in their post-conviction DNA testing statutes, meaning only those who are currently incarcerated can file a motion for DNA testing. The bill (A-1678) would allow any person who has been convicted of a crime to make such a motion.

San Francisco police to test old rape kits, clear backlog

Helix6SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The accumulation of evidence collected in San Francisco sexual assault investigations has been reviewed and will be lab tested by the end of the year, clearing a major pileup and allowing the city to join a handful of other metropolises — New York City, Cleveland and Houston — with no backlog.

Detroit, UPS figure way out of sex assault kit backlog

Sexual Assault Kits 3Hundreds of thousands of sexual assault victims around the country have gone through the humiliation of medical exams to obtain the DNA of their alleged attackers, only to have the evidence sit unused and not analyzed in a warehouse or on a shelf for years, sometimes decades.

7,500-plus Ohio rape kits tested by state for DNA matches

DNA LabCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says its forensic scientists have tested more than 7,500 of the roughly 9,900 rape kits submitted by law enforcement agencies around Ohio to check for possible DNA matches.

U.S. House of Representatives Approves $45 Million for Rape Kit Reform

Sexual assualt backlogNEW YORK – The Joyful Heart Foundation expressed its gratitude to the members of the U.S. House of Representatives who included $45 million to address the nation’s rape kit backlog in the FY16 spending bill, which passed today. The final funding passed includes an additional $4 million above the President’s request – the result of an amendment sponsored by champions Rep. Steve Cohen and Rep. Carolyn Maloney.

Rape kits the answer to justice?

Backlog of rape kitsThe evidence piled up for years, abandoned in police property rooms, warehouses and crime labs.
Now, thousands of sexual assault kits are giving up their secrets – and rapists who’ve long remained free may finally face justice.
A dramatic shift is now taking hold across the country as police and prosecutors scramble to process these kits, and use DNA matches to track down predators, many of whom have attacked more women while evidence of their crimes sat in storage.

Nevada has backlog of 6,300 untested rape kits

MurgaLAS VEGAS (AP) — With thousands of untested rape kits going back three decades, Nevada’s attorney general and police officials in the state’s two most populous counties are promising to examine each one.
Nevada has about 6,300 samples to be tested, Attorney General Adam Laxalt said in a statement released through a spokeswoman. Almost all are from the Las Vegas area.

Will New Focus on Rape Kit Tests Put Thousands Behind Bars?

TBacklog of sexual assault kitshe evidence piled up for years, abandoned in police property rooms, warehouses and crime labs. Now, thousands of sexual assault kits are giving up their secrets — and rapists who’ve long remained free may finally face justice.
A dramatic shift is now taking hold across the country as police and prosecutors scramble to process these kits, and use DNA matches to track down predators, many of whom have attacked more women while evidence of their crimes sat in storage.

Rape Kit Backlog Issues Affect Local Police Departments

sexual assault kitsSTATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY – An advocacy group for rape victims released a disturbing new report surrounding untested rape kits.
Thousands of these kits are sitting in evidence rooms while victims wait. Wednesday, a Senate committee met to take a closer look at the problem in an effort to end the backlog.
Advocates said the backlog is proof police departments don’t take rape seriously. Police departments said there isn’t enough money to process all the kits and some go untested because the victims choose not to prosecute.

Cold Case: Crime lab receives grant to help solve Cold Cases

touch DNAMERIDEN CT- In September of last year, the Department of Scientific Services, better known as the state crime lab received a National Institute of Justice grant. The two-year $172,000 grant was given specifically to help reduce the back log of Cold Cases.