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The Rape Kit Backlog in Los Angeles City and County

The Rape Kit Backlog in Los Angeles City and County

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Testing Justice
The Rape Kit Backlog in Los Angeles City and County

Copyright © 2009 Human Rights Watch All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America ISBN: 1-56432-461-3 Cover design by Rafael Jimenez Human Rights Watch 350 Fifth Avenue, 34th floor New York, NY 10118-3299 USA Tel: +1 212 290 4700, Fax: +1 212 736 1300 hrwnyc@hrw.org Poststraße 4-5 10178 Berlin, Germany Tel: +49 30 2593 06-10, Fax: +49 30 2593 0629 berlin@hrw.org Avenue des Gaulois, 7 1040 Brussels, Belgium Tel:
Testing Justice
The Rape Kit Backlog in Los Angeles City and County

Copyright © 2009 Human Rights Watch All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America ISBN: 1-56432-461-3 Cover design by Rafael Jimenez Human Rights Watch 350 Fifth Avenue, 34th floor New York, NY 10118-3299 USA Tel: +1 212 290 4700, Fax: +1 212 736 1300 hrwnyc@hrw.org Poststraße 4-5 10178 Berlin, Germany Tel: +49 30 2593 06-10, Fax: +49 30 2593 0629 berlin@hrw.org Avenue des Gaulois, 7 1040 Brussels, Belgium Tel:

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Testing Justice
The Rape Kit Backlog in Los Angeles City and County 
 
 
Copyright © 2009 Human Rights WatchAll rights reserved.Printed in the United States of AmericaISBN: 1-56432-461-3Cover design by Rafael JimenezHuman Rights Watch350 Fifth Avenue, 34th floor New York, NY 10118-3299 USATel: +1 212 290 4700, Fax: +1 212 736 1300hrwnyc@hrw.org Poststraße 4-510178 Berlin, GermanyTel: +49 30 2593 06-10, Fax: +49 30 2593 0629berlin@hrw.org Avenue des Gaulois, 71040 Brussels, BelgiumTel: + 32 (2) 732 2009, Fax: + 32 (2) 732 0471hrwbe@hrw.org 64-66 Rue de Lausanne1202 Geneva, SwitzerlandTel: +41 22 738 0481, Fax: +41 22 738 1791hrwgva@hrw.org 2-12 Pentonville Road, 2nd Floor London N1 9HF, UKTel: +44 20 7713 1995, Fax: +44 20 7713 1800hrwuk@hrw.org 27 Rue de Lisbonne75008 Paris, FranceTel: +33 (1)43 59 55 35, Fax: +33 (1) 43 59 55 22paris@hrw.org 1630 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 500Washington, DC 20009 USATel: +1 202 612 4321, Fax: +1 202 612 4333hrwdc@hrw.org Web Site Address: http://www.hrw.org 
 
March 2009 1-56432-461-3
Testing Justice
The Rape Kit Backlog in Los Angeles City and County 
I. Summary ......................................................................................................................... 1
 
Sexual Violence in Los Angeles County ........................................................................... 2
 
Untested Rape Kits ......................................................................................................... 3
 
Police storage facilities ............................................................................................. 3
 
Crime labs ................................................................................................................ 4
 
Consequences of Untested Kits ....................................................................................... 5
 
II. Methodology .................................................................................................................. 8
 
III. Recommendations ......................................................................................................... 9
 
IV. Sexual Violence in Los Angeles County ......................................................................... 13
 
Reported Rapes ............................................................................................................. 13
 
Arrest Rates ................................................................................................................... 14
 
Data Limitations ............................................................................................................ 15
 
Role of Forensic Evidence in Rape Cases ........................................................................ 17
 
 V. Untested Rape Kits in Crime Laboratories ..................................................................... 19
 
The National Problem ................................................................................................... 20
 
How Rape Kit DNA Testing Works ................................................................................... 21
 
Los Angeles Regional Crime Laboratory ........................................................................ 23
 
Los Angeles County ...................................................................................................... 24
 
Untested rape kits .................................................................................................. 24
 
Delayed testing ...................................................................................................... 26
 
Present resources ................................................................................................... 28
 
City of Los Angeles ....................................................................................................... 30
 
Untested rape kits .................................................................................................. 30
 
Delayed testing ....................................................................................................... 31
 
Present resources ................................................................................................... 32
 

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