Illinois to Set Standard For Sex Crimes DNA Testing

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Jail cell. (Flickr User Kevin/flickr)

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a new law mandating police departments across the state to send rape kits to the Illinois State Police laboratory or an approved lab within 10 business days of acquiring the evidence. Illinois is the first state to pass such a law, which will go in to effect on October 1st. State officials hope that more and faster scrutiny of evidence will increase the number of arrests for such cases, which now stand at only 11 percent: The national average is 22 percent. Similar laws have increased arrests in other cities, including New York and Los Angeles. 

Jamie Fellner is the Senior Council of the U.S. Program at Human Rights Watch; her organization released a new study today revealing that most rape kits in Illinois are never tested. Eugene O'Donnell is a professor of law and police studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and he sees the same problem in states all across the country, but has seen states make improvements as well. 

Guests:

Jamie Fellner and Eugene O'Donnell

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

Comments [2]

tom

I too am a victim of a sexual assault..It hurts, it is expensive, and it is unfair. I was falsely accused and I did not hear of what happens when a man is falsely accused. It is much too easy for a compromised woman to claim this has happened to her. Once the accusation is made the alleged perp is done. You just better hope you have enough cash to get out of jail to earn enough to mount a defense. Please present the other side. My research indicates this is the new way to lynch men of color.

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