HPD makes progress on sex­ual as­sault kits

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES -

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.

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