News broke today that the state of Washington is looking to Ohio as a model for clearing its rape kit backlog.
When Mike DeWine succeeded Richard Cordray as Ohio’s Attorney General, he found a mountain of untested rape kits.
DeWine demanded every kit be tested and launched the Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative, resulting in all 13,931 formerly shelved kits being tested.
- 8,648: The number of DNA profiles uploaded to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database
- 5,024: Total number of CODIS hits from uploaded DNA profiles
- 1,127: The number of cases involving those 300 serial offenders
Thanks to Mike DeWine, rape victims are receiving justice and Ohio’s model for clearing rape kit backlogs is a model for the nation.