Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
More than 7,000 Previously Untested Sexual Assault Kits Processed
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.––Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced the state is nearing its goal in the campaign to process thousands of previously unprocessed sexual assault kits. According to the latest Sexual Assault Kit Progress Report released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 7,042 backlogged kits have been tested so far.
The tests produced 1,316 hits in the Combined DNA Index System. CODIS is a forensic science and computer technology tool used by law enforcement to help link crimes. State and private labs are testing the kits as part of an ongoing effort to eliminate Florida’s backlog of previously untested kits.
The state legislature approved initial funding to eliminate the backlog during Florida’s 2016 Legislative Session. During the session, Attorney General Bondi worked with law enforcement, prosecutors, survivors and state lawmakers to secure $2.3 million for testing, and additional funding to raise the wages of lab analysts to reduce turnover, purchase new forensic testing equipment and upgrade existing lab equipment.
Attorney General Bondi also supported legislation to help expedite the testing of all DNA evidence, including sexual assault kits. Now, Florida law requires all newly collected kits to be processed within 120 days of receipt. According to the latest report, FDLE has a 99.9 percent compliance rate with an average turnaround time of 85 days for newly received kits.
To view the latest report click here.
CODIS is the Combined DNA Index System. CODIS blends forensic science and computer technology into a tool for linking crimes. It enables federal, state, and local forensic laboratories to exchange and compare DNA profiles electronically, thereby linking crimes to each other and to known offenders. A CODIS hit occurs when DNA evidence is matched to a sample in the DNA system. Not all CODIS hits are actionable. An “actionable hit” is a match that provides new information to the investigation. For example, a hit to an offender who was already convicted in the associated case is not an “actionable hit.”