Daily Archives: May 30, 2012

Rape kit backlog in Houston gets federal attention

Houston Mayor Annise Parker will be joined by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn Wednesday afternoon to discuss federal legislation that could help eliminate thousands of untested rape kits at law enforcement agencies across the country.
During a press conference at City Hall, officials are expected to highlight the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry or SAFER Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Cornyn, R-Texas, earlier this month to reduce what is an estimated nationwide rape kit backlog of nearly 400,000. If approved, the bill would provide funding to state and local governments to conduct audits of untested DNA evidence. It would also create a national registry to help track and prioritize untested rape kits.

New law will make Brazil safer and save lives

Brazil has passed a law to require DNA from convicted criminals for inclusion in the national Brazilian DNA database. The DNA database will match these profiles to evidence from unsolved violent crimes.