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Oregon State Police have announced that their Forensic Services Division has finished processing the backlog of thousands of old Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence (SAFE) kits.

The SAFE kits are used to collect evidence from victims of sexual assault.

The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office said more than 5,000 kits were tested in Oregon and about 3,000 of them were from Multnomah County. The completed kits have led them to filing criminal charges against five different people.

Before Oregon legislators passed SB-1571 in 2016, police agencies around the state submitted the kits for DNA analysis only when the test results could potentially help solve or prove the crime being investigated.

But the bill, which became known as "Melissa's Law" in honor of a rape and murder victim, now requires all kits to be tested, unless they are "Jane Doe" cases.

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