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San Francisco Police Make Progress on Backlog of Untested Rape Kits

Dec. 12, 2014
CBS San Francisco
CBS San Francisco Staff

The San Francisco Police Department announced this week that it has cleared a backlog of sexual assault kits dating back more than 10 years.

More than 750 cases of sexual assaults reported between 2003 and 2013 that were sitting in the police department’s evidence storage rooms have now been submitted to a crime lab for analysis, officials said.

The National Institute of Justice considers a DNA kit backlogged if it has not been tested 30 days after being submitted to a crime lab.

In 2010, San Francisco passed an ordinance requiring the San Francisco Police Department to collect all sexual assault kits, known informally as rape kits, within 72 hours and then test the evidence within 14 days of receipt.


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