Kansas takes major step in cataloging sex assault evidence

The KBI is working to reduce the backlog of rape kits

March 15, 2017 - 4:25 am

Kansas has become the first state in the country to inventory all of its untested sex assault kits.

There are just over 2,200 kits that have not been processed. The kits come from various law enforcement agencies across the state.  

About 1,000 kits have not been turned into the Kansas Bureau of Investigation laboratory, said Katie Whifman of the KBI.

"We are working with our local law enforcement agencies to get all of the previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits submitted to a forensic laboratory and then it will be a process to get those tested, using federal grant dollars," Whifman said.

There are too many sexual assault kids in the backlog for technicians to test them without sacrificing time for active cases. The KBI is looking for more funding and asking technicians to work overtime in order to finish testing.

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