MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Attorney General Brad Schimel says a glut of submissions nationwide is slowing progress on analyzing the thousands of untested sexual-assault kits on that are on the shelves of Wisconsin police departments.
The Joyful Heart Foundation has been pushing states to analyze untested kits in hopes of developing DNA profiles of serial offenders.
According to the Department of Justice’s website, 4,030 Wisconsin kits have been designated for testing in Wisconsin. By Friday, 594 had been tested. Fifty eight have been tested at the state crime lab and 536 at a private lab.
Schimel told The Associated Press that individual cities across the country are each submitting thousands of kits to a limited number of labs that can’t keep up.
He says the DOJ will still test all the kits in less than three years.