California audit calls for better use of rape kits

Oct 9, 2014 7:09 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State auditors say the California Legislature should require law enforcement agencies to do a better job using and keeping track of evidence they collect from sexual assault victims that could contain DNA evidence.

An audit released Thursday says lawmakers should require agencies to submit the sexual assault evidence kits for analysis every time a perpetrator's identity is unknown. State Auditor Elaine Howle says the Legislature also should require crime labs to finish analyzing the evidence within two years.

Auditors found that sample agencies in Sacramento, Oakland and San Diego tested fewer than half the rape kits collected in the last three years. The kits can contain clothing, hair samples, swabs and other evidence.

No state or federal laws require law enforcement to track or report how many go untested.

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