Turnaround times for rape kit testing are abysmal – Crime labs Forensics overloaded with drugs

Here’s a look at police crime labs around the US abilities to produce timely rape kit testing. One might infer that DNA testing of other crimes and the ‘war on drugs’ has sapped funding capabilities. I don’t hear the US DOJ chief Jeff Sessions pointing this out when he fake news talks on the  ‘rise in US crime rates.’

Push to test rape kits has slowed work at state crime labs in Utah, other states

“Utah isn’t unique in its long wait for DNA results — other states are dealing with similar delays as police send in more evidence for testing and new laws mandate testing of all sexual assault kits.

In Idaho, the average turnaround time to test evidence is 352 days, according to laboratory system director Matthew Gamette. It’s taking the lab there about 72 days to screen cases for potential DNA, he said, with an additional 280 days on average at the DNA lab.”

Full article from the Salt Lake Tribune

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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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