RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — Attorney General Josh Stein announced a new record of 1,211 hits to the CODIS DNA database, an increase of nearly 18% over the prior year.
According to Stein, with increased testing, law enforcement has more ability than ever to get cases done.
In addition to announcing this milestone, Stein launched a statewide Sexual Assault Kit tracking dashboard at www.ncdoj.gov/testthekits. The online dashboard provides up-to-date information on North Carolina’s progress in ending the backlog of old, untested sexual assault kits held by local law enforcement.
North Carolina residents can view municipal, county, and statewide data on the number of kits submitted for testing and the number of DNA results and arrests resulting from the testing of those kits.
“Our commitment to survivors of sexual assault is clear: we will never stop fighting for you,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “That’s why we’re having these kits tested – to breathe new life into cold cases. Our new website will provide everyone, including survivors, with greater transparency about this work. But there’s always more to be done to fight on behalf of survivors. To garner the promise of DNA, we must provide law enforcement with the resources they need to make arrests.
In recent years, law enforcement has made at least 66 arrests in CODIS hits linked to at least 91 assaults, including kidnappings, robberies and attempted murders. Stein says the legislature has been an important partner in this work; funding in the state budget will help continue testing older kits and provide additional State Crime Lab scientists to test new kits in a timely manner and avoid another backlog.