Backlog cleared statewide in sexual assault review kits


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(Anchoring) – Today, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy kept his promise to eliminate the backlog of testing for thousands of unsubmitted sexual assault exam kits statewide.

“We have put in place internal measures to prevent this type of backlog from happening again and have added resources to the state crime lab to ensure every kit is tested within 90 days or sooner. Said Governor Dunleavy.

The backlog of untested sexual assault exam kits began to build in the mid-1990s in state and local law enforcement districts.

Of the 2,493 previously untested and untested sexual assault exam kits received from local law enforcement agencies as part of the investment project, 2,442 (98%) were tested. There are 51 kits (2%), submitted to a laboratory in the final phase of testing to complete the project by December 31, 2021.

Today’s announcement underscores the governor’s top priority for public safety. Last August, Governor Dunleavy announced his plan to help law enforcement agencies investigate and prosecute sexual predators and violent offenders. The governor’s plan includes the use of software and a tracking database to enable survivors and agencies involved in the sexual assault response to track the status and location of examination kits for sexual assault. Governor Dunleavy has committed $ 850,000 to this effort.

Governor Dunleavy intends to introduce legislation in the next legislative session to further address sexual assault and violent offenses in Alaska.

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