Beshear Releases Guidelines for Rape Kit Investigations

Dec 7, 2016

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear
Credit Ryland Barton

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear has released recommended guidelines for law enforcement agencies who are investigating the results of rape kit tests. The guidelines include recommendations on how to manage the rape kits, how to review the DNA results and how to notify and interview victims.

A review by former state Auditor Adam Edelen found more than 3,000 rape kits in Kentucky had not been tested. A rape kit is a collection of physical evidence from a victim after a rape has occurred.

The state legislature earlier this year approved spending $4.5 million to alleviate the backlog. The money came from a lawsuit settlement against Johnson & Johnson that the attorney general's office negotiated.