Daily Archives: April 8, 2014

Debbie Smith urges reauthorization of rape kit law

DebbieDebbie Smith, the namesake of a measure providing funding to reduce the backlog of unprocessed rape kits, came to Capitol Hill Monday to urge lawmakers to pass a reauthorization of the law that bears her name.

Rape kit testing in Louisiana

LA Supreme CourtIn 2010, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) hailed the arrest of Jimmie Spratt, who was charged with raping three women in New Orleans — in 1994.
It took more than a decade after the crimes for law enforcement agencies to enter DNA evidence collected from rape kits into the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), which links federal, state and local criminal justice agencies. Before he was extradited to New Orleans, Spratt was serving time in Tennessee for another four aggravated rapes he committed in Memphis.