AG Schimel disputes there’s a rape kit ‘backlog’ even though 6,000 untested

AG Brad Schimel today disputed his agency has a backlog of untested rape kits, even though earlier this year there were some 6,000 stored at Wisconsin hospitals and police departments that had not been submitted for testing.
Schimel told the Joint Finance Committee the Department of Justice is keeping pace with new kits coming in.
Those untested, Schimel argued, are largely due to several reasons. One, the DNA collected is already in the system or the suspect confessed and the kit didn’t need to be tested for a conviction.
Schimel also said some sexual assault victims chose not to press charge...

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