The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would speed up analysis of untested rape kits in Colorado and other states, according to a recent article in the Coloradoan. The bill, which was passed as part of the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), was sponsored by Colorado Senator Michael Bennett. It expands grant funds given to state and local law enforcement offices for the processing of rape kits.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation currently has a backlog of 250 untested rape kits, according to the agency. On average, a rape kit submitted to the Colorado Bureau of investigation waits six months between its arrival and its analysis. Currently, about 400,000 rape kits nationwide are still waiting testing.
Grant funding made available by the new bill will allow the agency, as well as similar agencies throughout the United States, to reduce the time between when a kit arrives and when it is tested. The bill doubles grant funds available for testing repair kit backlogs. However, legislators are still not certain how grant funding will be affected now that spending cuts due to sequestration are in effect.
The DNA evidence in rape kits can cut very strongly during an investigation or trial for a sexual assault crime. If you have been charged with a crime in Colorado, please don’t hesitate to call the experienced Colorado criminal defense attorneys at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. Our number is (719) 475-2555, and your initial consultation is free and confidential.