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Mandatory Rape Kit Testing In Illinois?

Fri, 02/12/2010 - 3:00am

New legislation being drafted in Illinois may require that every rape kit be submitted for testing and require processing within six months. If the legislation passes, already backlogged crime labs could be flooded by an estimated 4,000 rape kits currently in storage.

This initiative is being considered by a working group of state and local law enforcement officials that see this as a way to not only support victims’ rights, but also to build the DNA database and solve more sexual assault cases—especially in cases involving serial rapists.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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