Daily Archives: November 24, 2014
Santa Fe — Today Governor Susana Martinez announced an 88 percent increase in DNA matches by the New Mexico DNA Identification System. Since New Mexico expanded Katie’s Law in 2011, the DNA Identification System has connected DNA from 463 arrestees to 478 cases. Without the expansion of Katie’s Law, during this time frame, there would have been DNA matched from just 245 arrestees to 254 cases. The expansion of Katie’s Law has led to an additional 218 arrestees connected to 224 cases.
Officials have estimated that hundreds of thousands of sexual assault kits in police and laboratory storage facilities across the country remain untested.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is trying to identify if Kansas has a backlog of untested kits, which include swabs and specimens gathered during exams of sexual assault victims.
Madison — The state Department of Justice has hired nearly 20 more workers and begun a pricey renovation of its Madison crime lab so that it will be able to handle tens of thousands of additional DNA samples when new collection requirements take effect next year.