GBI sees progress in rape kit backlog

GBI sees progress in rape kit backlog
Through a combination of outsourced agencies and additional DNA scientists - the bureau has reduced the backlog by two thirds. (Source: WALB)

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says it is making headway in the rape kit backlog, they hope to be caught up by the beginning of 2019.

The backlog stemmed from a new law passed two years ago that tasked departments all over the state to inventory their rape kits and turn them over to the GBI crime lab.

Through a combination of outsourced agencies and additional DNA scientists - the bureau has reduced the backlog by two thirds.

While working on this backlog the GBI director said they have also had to keep up with new kits coming in for testing.

"It's important to remember that in addition to the rape kits that were warehoused in evidence rooms and submitted to the GBI, we are also receiving 250 new sexual assault kits each month," said Keenan.

The GBI said they have been fortunate to get $850,000 in new funding from the state last year to add more scientists and lab technicians.

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