Proposed Bill Would Require Speedier Processing Of Rape Kits
Funding has been a major hurdle for similar proposals in the past, but Gov. Jerry Brown has earmarked a one-time $6 million to help counties process forensic evidence in his newly revised budget.
Los Angeles Times:
Following Golden State Killer Suspect's Arrest, California Lawmakers Want Rape Kits Tested More Quickly
Less than a month after police arrested a man suspected of being the Golden State Killer — one of California’s most prolific serial rapists — state lawmakers in Sacramento on Tuesday said they want to ensure all sexual assault kits are counted and swiftly tested. Under a bill by Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino), law enforcement agencies would have to submit rape kits to crime labs within 20 days of their collection, and labs would have no more than 120 days to test them. Another bill by Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) would require a statewide audit of all untested exams. (Ulloa, 5/15)
Capital Public Radio:
Time's Up? States Call To Review Statutes Of Limitations For Rape Cases
Statute of limitations for rape in California will likely prevent prosecutors from adding additional charges against the suspect in California’s “Golden State Killer” case. He’s been charged with 12 murders, but prosecutors have not charged him with the nearly 50 rapes they say he also committed. (Moffitt, 5/15)