Untested rape kits in Idaho raise concerns

NAMPA -- Dozens of rape kits in southwestern Idaho have not been sent to labs for testing, but officials remain torn if anything should be done to change that.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the Nampa Police Department has collected more than 100 rape kits since 2010, but only 12 have been sent to a lab.

Rape kits contain samples of semen, saliva or blood taken from a victim. Specimens containing DNA evidence are uploaded to a national database to check for a match.

In Idaho, law enforcement agencies are in charge of determining if a kit should be tested.

Those who support sexual assault victims argue that every kit should be tested. However, some officers and lawmakers counter that law enforcement agencies should be able to use their discretion.

 


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