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Utah is on the verge of clearing its rape kit backlog

Posted at 11:25 AM, Aug 18, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s sexual assault kit backlog, once numbering in the thousands, is now down to just seven that remain unprocessed — and the state is on track to get that to zero “real quick,” The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

That’s according to Utah Public Safety Commissioner Jess Anderson, who provided an update on the state’s efforts to clear the backlog during a briefing Monday before the Legislature’s Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee.

The state continues to receive about 125 kits per month on average, Anderson said, and the current turnaround time for processing those is now down to 90 days. Two years ago, he said, that timeline was more like two years.

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