HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Department of Health says a backlog of untested rape kits has dropped, but Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says he doubts the remaining kits can be tested in a timely manner without state funding.
The Department of Health reported Tuesday that the backlog was 1,214 as of March 7. That’s the number of kits that had gone more than a year without being tested.READ MORE: Sheetz Raises Hourly Wages By $2 For All Employees Permanently, Introduces Summer Stimulus Program
That’s down nearly 700 from the 1,908 that were reported at the end of 2015 as part of the first statewide study under a law that revamped procedures for handling sexual assault evidence.READ MORE: Stacy Smith To Retire From KDKA-TV On May 30
Meanwhile, the number of police departments reporting on backlogged kits doubled, to nearly 900.MORE NEWS: Reta Mays, Nursing Assistant Who Admitted To Killing 7 Patients At West Virginia VA Hospital To Be Sentenced
But DePasquale says the Legislature hasn’t approved money to ensure public crime labs can test all future kits within six months of submission.