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Evidence to clear rape cases shouldn’t sit on shelf

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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation will receive the full $2 million grant it sought to do forensic analysis of rape kits, as part of a $79 million effort recently announced by Vice President Joe Biden to test 70,000 kits in 27 states. That should reduce the troubling backlog of rape kits in Kansas, including 2,000 collected but not even submitted for analysis, and help authorities clear more cases of sexual assault. Recent reports put the number of unsubmitted kits in Wichita and Sedgwick County at 1,125 and 65, respectively. As Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett recently said, DNA analysis may not always be a priority, such as when the alleged perpetrator already has been identified. But when analysis could break or prove a case, the evidence shouldn’t sit on a shelf for lack of the money to test it. – Rhonda Holman

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