|April 20, 2017
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi is highlighting the latest figures in Florida’s progress eliminating the state’s backlog of unprocessed sexual assault kits. According to the Sexual Assault Kit Progress Report released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 2,963 previously unprocessed kits have been tested as part of the state’s efforts to eliminate the backlog. According to the report, DNA from the kits have produced 681 CODIS hits as of March 31, 2017.
To view the progress report, click here.
Working with law enforcement, prosecutors, victims and state lawmakers during the 2016 legislative session, Attorney General Bondi advocated for state funding to process Florida’s thousands of untested kits. Governor Rick Scott and state lawmakers approved an initial $2.3 million for testing and additional funding to raise the wages of lab analysts to reduce turnover, purchase new forensic testing equipment and upgrade existing lab equipment.
Attorney General Bondi also supported legislation to help expedite the lab testing of all DNA evidence, including sexual assault kits. As of July last year, Florida law requires all newly collected sexual assault kits to be processed by the laboratory within 120 days of receipt.
This latest progress report shows FDLE is on track to reach its goal of processing 8,600 kits by June 2019.