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Assemblymember Skinner to Introduce Rape Kit Backlog Bill

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On Tuesday, in Oakland, California 15th Assembly District representative Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) is expected to introduce a bill to deal with the backlog of untested rape kits.

Skinner's office says the legislator has worked with the Alameda County District Attorney's office, Natasha's Justice Project and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault to author AB 1517 which outlines time frames for California law enforcement agencies and forensic labs to process forensic evidence collected from sexual assaults.

In June of 2011, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley established a partnership with local law enforcement labs and every law enforcement agency in the county to systematically audit all evidence rooms for untested rape kits. The exercise turned up more than 1,900 untested rape kits in Alameda County alone.

The goal of AB 1517 is to reduce the backlog of untested kits statewide.

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