After watching the processing time for rape kits nearly double over the last eight years from 30 days to 55, Attorney General Marty Jackley has finally decided the state ought to make a little more effort to process that evidence and catch rapists:
So far this year, a team of only six state examiners have completed a case load of nearly 1,000 assignments, but they’re about to get some help.
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said “today, I’ve also further authorized additional resources, including another DNA examiner position for the state to complete DNA testing.”
“I feel that it will justify an additional DNA examiner, in the state forensics lab to assist with the increased number of cases, as well as some of the different backlog that we’re receiving,” Jackley added [Mark Roper, “State Crime Lab to Catch up on Rape Kit Backlog,” KSFY-TV, 2015.12.21].
Adding one DNA examiner to a team of six is one small step toward swifter, surer justice. It will make a more practical difference in helping rape victims pursue justice than anything in Jason Glodt’s constitutional amendment. We can only wonder why the state would wait so long to take this practical action to better serve women who have been harmed.