Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, announced new
legislation Tuesday that would address unprocessed rape
evidence across the state.
Assembly Bill 1517 would set time limits for law enforcement
agencies and forensics labs to process evidence related to sexual assaults.
The bill's text states that sexual assault forensic evidence must
be sent to a crime lab within five days of when it is booked into evidence by
a law enforcement agency.
The bill would also require the crime lab to process the evidence
and upload DNA profiles to the state's Combined DNA Index System within 30
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley partnered with local law enforcement agencies beginning
in June 2011 to audit their property rooms for untested rape kits, according
to the district attorney's office. The audit turned up more than 1,900
untested rape kits in Alameda County alone, O'Malley said.