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IOWA PLANS TO RESOLVE UNTESTED RAPE KIT BACKLOG

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Iowa is launching a plan to keep close track of untested rape kits after a recent survey found thousands of sexual assault evidence kits were left untested in the state.

Lynn Hicks, communications director for the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, says a sample-tracking software company is being hired to roll out its Track-Kit system to all regions of the state by mid-2020.

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Hicks says the system will connect more than 12-hundred users at Iowa medical facilities, law enforcement agencies, crime laboratories, and county attorney’s offices.

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A survey in 2017 by the Iowa Attorney General’s Crime Victim Assistance Division found more than 42-hundred untested rape kits in police departments and sheriff’s offices across Iowa.

Efforts are being made, Hicks says, to tackle that backlog, but the new tracking system is also crucial.

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Of the 42-hundred untested rape kits found statewide, more than 16-hundred have been sent to private labs for testing.

From those, Hicks says 235 D-N-A profiles have been entered into CODIS, the FBI’s Combined D-N-A Index System, with 127 matches to D-N-A in the database, enabling the information to be forwarded on to prosecutors.

Radio Iowa/Photo by Iowa CASA