The FBI is reviewing ways to improve the efficiency of the national DNA database, FBI lab official Christian Hassell told the House crime subcommittee yesterday, reports MainJustice.com. FBI officials are meeting with state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to get input on how to decrease the backlog in the FBI's National DNA Index System, which contains DNA profiles that are used by laboratories to help solve crimes.
There are tens of thousands of untested “rape kits,” which are used to collect evidence after a rape. The data from the kits are then put into the NDIS. Rape victim advocates have pushed for legislation to address the backlog. “Compounding the terrible crime of rape itself is the fact that tens of thousands of rape kits, which hold the key to justice, are not being analyzed in a timely manner,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) “That there is any rape kit backlog at all is simply wrong and intolerable.”