ISP introduce new technology to help with rape kit testing backlog

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CHICAGO (WREX) – For years Illinois has struggled with a backlog in untested forensic evidence, including rape kits. Now new technology is trying to change that.

“This work is critical but we know that unacceptable backlogs and issues with transparency have plagued this process for far too long,” said Gov. JB Pritzker.

Governor JB Pritzker, along with members of the media, got a demonstration of LIMS. LIMS stands for Laboratory Information Management System.

The new technology is meant to streamline how scientists process evidence so it can be done more efficiently, as well as help catch up with the backlog in forensic testing. However, acting ISP Director Brendan Kelly said there’s no way of knowing when the state will catch up with the backlog.

“To say there’s some point in which it’s magically going to disappear, that’s not being honest with people. That’s not being honest with victims. That’s not being honest with people that are relying on the forensic evidence, so we need to tell them that we are fully committed to reducing the turnaround time, but there’s going to be a long slog,” said Kelly.

Kelly also says LIMS lets local law enforcement see where the forensic process is for a particular case.

Kristin Crowley

Kristin Crowley

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