WisDems: More delays at Backlog Brad’s crime labs

Contact: Courtney Beyer, courtneyb@wisdems.org

Just days after Brad Schimel declared “mission accomplished” in his slow testing of Wisconsin’s rape kit backlog, new reports show that DNA evidence is collecting dust in Brad Schimel’s crime labs. According to the Post Crescent’s findings, over half of all cases involving DNA evidence have waited at least two months to be tested, while hundreds of cases have waited over three. When Schimel took office in 2015, testing rarely took longer than two months.

“Brad Schimel’s incompetence and neglect have stood in the way of justice and safety for Wisconsinites for too long,” said Courtney Beyer, DPW spokesperson. “These are serious crimes that deserve swift and thoughtful action from the attorney general, but Brad Schimel’s been sleeping at the wheel while police investigations have been impeded. If Schimel can’t follow through on the basic responsibilities of his job, he doesn’t deserve to have it.”

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