Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Policies
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Thousands upon thousands of sexual assault evidence collection kits have gone untested and the crimes perpetrators unpunished. MuckRock is starting a crowdsourced effort to understand the extent of the problem in cities and towns across the country.
There are an estimated 175 thousand sexual assault evidence collection kits that sit untested in evidence rooms and crime labs across the country. But after asking each state and Washington, D.C. for policies regarding the “collection, maintenance, transfer, and disposal” of these kits, what few responses we did receive were disturbingly inconsistent.
Vanessa Nason sent this request to the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Puerto Rico of the United States of America
Ginette Walls sent this request to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security of Tennessee
Beryl Lipton sent this request to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security of Tennessee