Law enforcement officials in Kentucky plan to apply a growing technology to testing sexual assault kits, possibly leading to suspect identification within hours — not months, the Courier Journal reports.
Kentucky officials announced Wednesday their plan to take advantage of what’s called “rapid DNA” technology in which machines analyze a forensic sample and can produce a DNA profile within about two hours. The technology would more quickly identify suspects and exonerate the innocent, state police Commissioner Rick Sanders said. He said that Kentucky will be the first state in the nation to use the technology for its sexual assault cases. The state has made a major push to test backlogged kits since 2015, when an audit found about 3,000 untested kits across the state. Kentucky has since sent about 4,600 kits for laboratory DNA testing, a process now nearing its end.