Wisconsin AG Sending 200 Rape Kits for Testing Monthly

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Attorney General Brad Schimel is telling the Legislature’s budget committee that the state Department of Justice is sending 200 untested sexual assault kits to a lab per month.

Schimel appeared before the Joint Finance committee on Wednesday to answer questions about DOJ operations and how Governor Walker’s 2017-19 budget would affect the agency.

More than 6,000 sexual assault evidence kits were sitting untested on Wisconsin shelves in 2014 for a variety of reasons. Prosecutors may have decided a case was too weak to justify testing or victims refused to cooperate. A USA Today Network investigation in 2015 found at least 70,000 untested kits nationwide.

Law enforcement officials see the kits as an avenue toward developing DNA profiles.

DOJ has sent in 450 kits for testing so far and is sending in batches of 200 per month. He says the receiving lab is one of only two in the country that perform such testing.

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