In Florida, Testing Of Unprocessed Rape Kits Leads To 1300 Direct Hits

Florida is not alone in dealing with backlogged rape kits. This image shows a stack of kits in Cleveland, OH waiting for testing. In 2014, the Cleveland Police Department had 4,000 untested rape kits.Screengrab/CBS This Morning/YouTube

Prior to 2016, police departments in Florida were under no obligation to test the rape kits they collected.

Thanks to a 2016 law, rape kits in Florida are now required to be tested, and according to the attorney general's office, nearly 1,400 of the 5,600 run through the federal DNA database have struck gold.

From ABC 27:

Attorney General Pam Bondi says the state is ahead of pace in reaching its goal of processing all 8,600 backlogged kits by June 2019.

“That have tested I believe over 5,500. They have had over 1,300 matches," said Pam Bondi, R- Attorney General. "Just think of the cases that can potentially be solved, and not only help victims here in Florida but victims throughout the country.”

Prior to 2016, police departments were under no obligation to test rape kits.

Law enforcement agencies are now required to submit evidence within 30 days of the beginning of their investigations, and the sexual assault kits must be processed by the lab within 120 days of receipt.

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