Wis. Sexual Assault Evidence Backlog Eliminated

Testing is complete on a decades-old backlog of Wisconsin sexual assault evidence kits, Attorney General Brad Schimel announced Monday.  The state Department of Justice first discovered in 2014 the existence of nearly 7,000 untested sexual assault kits in law enforcement and hospital custody across the state.  The state received federal grant funding to test the kits in private labs in 2015.

Testing began the following year. The state’s inventory of sexual assault kits isn’t fully tested, however.  Five kits submitted this summer to private labs are still awaiting completion. The attorney general said the Department Of Justice does plan to request funding to hire more crime lab staff in the next state budget.  The department also hired an out-of-state consultant earlier this year to analyze ways to expedite testing.