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DNA from thousands of Cuyahoga County felony arrests never taken, not in CODIS crime-solving database


Officials now are trying to determine how many DNA profiles police or courts failed to collect as required by state law. It could be as many as 10,000. June 16, 2017 CLEVELAND, Ohio - DNA samples from thousands of people arrested or charged with felonies in Cuyahoga County since mid-2011 were never collected, or were not properly collected, and are...
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police to eliminate backlog of untested rape kits by summer


Like most police agencies across the country, the department found itself with a large backlog of untested kits, "as best practices and the department's policies for testing sexual assault evidence evolved," the city of Charlotte said this week in announcing the planned near-elimination of backlogged kits. February 14, 2017 The Charlotte-Mecklenbur...
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