Daily Archives: October 20, 2017

DOJ launches website tracking backlog of untested sexual assault kits

The Wisconsin Department of Justice announced a new website last month to keep the public informed on the number of untested sexual assault kits, otherwise known as “rape kits.”
Currently there are 6,391 previously untested kits, 4,067 kits of which are designated for testing.

Virginia faces DNA, drug testing backlog

RICHMOND, Va. — A significant backlog of evidence in Virginia’s state labs goes beyond rape kits, and includes smartphones, seized drugs and attempts to link guns used in one crime to other cases, the Department of Forensic Science director told a state senate committee Thursday.
As of Oct. 1, the department has a backlog of 2,158 DNA tests, including rape kits that are taking an average of 152 days to complete, 113 outstanding requests to extract digital and multimedia evidence that each take more than a year on average to complete, and a backlog of thousands of seized drugs and guns to be tested.