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How is the Ohio BCI handing 9,000 rape kits that need testing?

December 16, 2014 1:00 PM - December 16, 2014 2:00 PM

  • Contact: Sam Webster
  • Phone: 202-467-8751
In late 2011, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced a statewide initiative to get previously-untested sexual assault kits (SAKs) off law enforcement departments’ shelves and into the lab for testing. Since then, 147 agencies have submitted 9,021 SAKs to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), which is handling most of the testing. To date, about 60% of these kits have been tested. Hear from David Miller, a forensic scientist, about how BCI is handling the influx of cases while maintaining current turnaround times for new cases. The success of BCI’s program demonstrates that managing testing for large numbers of SAKs can be accomplished. As more communities discover untested kits, it’s likely other crime labs will face this issue soon. 
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