Attorney general says rape kit testing backlog is over

RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) – North Carolina’s backlog for testing of rape kits is over, according to Attorney General Josh Stein.

In 2019, there were more than 16,000 rape kits that had not been tested in the state.

Stein announced this morning that 11,841 kits have been tested, or are in the process of being tested.

“I am incredibly proud of the bipartisan and collaborative effort that produced this achievement – Republican and Democratic legislators, district attorneys, and law enforcement officers all played a critical role in ending the backlog. I also want to thank the scientists at the State Crime Lab who have worked countless hours to get these kits tested,” said Stein.

The attorney general says it’s been a priority since 2017 to end the backlog. The Survivors Act of 2019 established a process to get the older kits tested, provide significant funding, and set standards to make sure law enforcement sends new kits promptly.

Of the kits tested, more than 5,000 have been entered into a DNA database with some 2,700 matched hits, Stein said. He said so far, law enforcement has made 114 arrests back on those hits.