HPD makes progress on sexual assault kits
It’s heartening to learn that the Honolulu Police Department will clear its backlog of nearly 1,400 sexual assault evidence kits, having them all sent out for testing by the end of this month. Furthermore, about 200 more recent kits will be sent out by the end of this year, HPD says. The push represents a change in thinking about the kits and the DNA evidence they contain. Previously, if the DNA evidence was not needed for a particular case, the kit might not be tested. Now, the DNA evidence, uploaded in the FBI’s national offender database, can reveal possible links to cases that otherwise might not be discovered or considered.
The result could be more effective prosecution of serial sexual offenders, and exoneration of those wrongly accused.