TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Jul 20, 2015

The number of untested rape kits could still number into the hundreds of thousands despite a decade of Congressional spending that should have been enough to reduce the nation's backlog of sexual assault DNA evidence kits, WRIR reports. A USA Today investigation says the U.S. Department of Justice has failed to comply with laws that would have paid for testing and reducing the backlog of untested rape kits. The report comes at a time when Tennessee is pushing ahead with more consistent policies, including a new law that requires law enforcement agencies to submit sexual assault evidence kits for testing when the victims are willing. The Jackson Sun has more.