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Maricopa County close to clearing out backlog of 4,500 rape kits
Jessica Swarner, KTAR News, May 24, 2019
90% of the kits in the backlog have been fully tested. The 250 kits that remain are expected to be completed by the end of the year. Of the kits that have been tested, 754 resulted in a “DNA hit" in CODIS.

Duluth Police: All backlog sexual assault kits tested, investigations ongoing
Jessie Slater, Duluth 3, May 21, 2019
Duluth, MN has submitted 415 untested SAKs for testing. 50% of those came back with a DNA match in CODIS. 21 cases have been referred to the DA, with 13 cases facing charges and 3 convictions have been made.

Legislation to Prevent Future Backlog of Untested Sexual Assault Kits Introduced with Bipartisan Support
Wisconsin Department of Justice, May 20, 2019
Legislation designed to prevent a future backlog of untested sexual assault kits has been introduced as Assembly Bill 214 and Senate Bill 200 with bipartisan support from 49 legislators in Wisconsin. This bill gives the survivor options and mandates their sexual assault kit be stored for up to 10 years.

Michigan certified for 'best practices' in rape kit testing
Oralandar Brand-Williams , The Detroit News, May 18, 2019
To date,all of the rape kits found in Wayne County, MI have been tested and 826 suspected serial offenders have been identified. There are 240 cases being actively investigated and 431 cases awaiting investigation.

Midsouth Man Found Guilty of Kidnapping and Raping Six Women Over Seven Years
The United State Attorney's Office Western District, May 17, 2019
A Memphis man has been found guilty of kidnapping and raping six memphis woman and attempting to kidnap and rape a seventh woman based on DNA from a previously unsubmitted sexual assault kit and CODIS.

Fayetteville police charge man in 1990 rape
WRAL, May 13, 2019
DNA from a previously untested sexual assault kit led Fayetteville PD to charge a man in a 1990 sexual assault case.

Bill Signed to save Georgia rape kit evidence until cases solved
Mark Niesse, AJC, May 7, 2019
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a bill Tuesday that requires police to reserve DNA evidence of rapes and similar crimes for up to 50 years.

Decade later, DNA match leads to arrest of 'do-rag rapist' in dozen Cumberland sex assaults
Gilbert Baez, WRAL, May 7, 2019
Through the use of genetic genealogy and DNA evidence, Fayetteville police arrest and charge a serial rapist in 12 cold case sexual assaults.

‘We’ve finally fixed the system.’ Bill to eliminate rape-kit backlog signed into law
James Drew, The News Tribune, Apr 23, 2019
Governor Inslee signs HB 1166, a bill aimed to test all previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits in Washington, and also extends the statute of limitations for prosecuting sexual assault and sets mandatory timeline for submission.

UAA seeks sexual assault victims for new study
Lauren Maxwell, KTVA, Apr 17, 2019
Researchers from the University of Alaska-Anchorage are collaborating with the Alaska SAKI site to better understand how sexual assault victims feel about their investigation and their perceptions of justice in Alaska.

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