Washington state gets $3M to ease backlog of 6,000 untested rape kits

Washington state is getting $3 million in federal grant money to continue analyzing forensic evidence in previously untested rape kits. Some of the money will go to creating a cold-case team to investigate sexual assaults that may have occurred years, even decades, ago. Enter Article DATE HERE The state's ongoing efforts to analyze DNA from th...
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Ohio Attorney General Issues Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative Update for August

In Cuyahoga County alone, more than 515 defendants have been indicted following DNA testing conducted as part of the effort. August 9, 2016 OLUMBUS, OH — A status update on the progress of DNA testing being conducted as part of the Ohio Attorney General's Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Testing Initiative has been released. As of August 1, 2016, 294 law e...
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Over 4,000 DNA Matches in Tested Rape Kits

The DNA matches to the Combined DNA Index System were recovered from over 11,000 previously untested rape kits July 7, 2016 Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced that DNA testing done as part of his Sexual Assault Testing Initiative has resulted in over 4,000 matches of previous offenders already in the system. The DNA matc...
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Phoenix Police Department to begin testing all rape kits

"We're removing the subjectivity from the decision-making process." Mary Roberts, Phoenix police assistance chief July 1, 2016 The policy change comes amid mounting pressure from victims' rights advocates, who say uniform testing may lead police to serial assailants. After the kits are tested, the DNA will be entered into the FBI's Combined DNA Ind...
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