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NCJ Number: 250682 Find in a Library
Title: Efficiency in Processing Sexual Assault Kits in Crime Laboratories and Law Enforcement Agencies
Corporate Author: RTI International
United States of America
Date Published: June 2017
Page Count: 55
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
RTI International
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Grant Number: 2013-NE-BX-0006
Document: PDF
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This National Institute of Justice funded research report examined the issues of unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs) that have accrued in U.S. law enforcement agencies and untested SAKs pending analysis in crime laboratories.
Abstract: Unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs) that accrue in U.S. law enforcement agencies (LEAs) have been the subject of increasing attention for the past decade, as have untested SAKs pending analysis in crime laboratories. The field needs a research-informed approach to identify the most efficient practices for addressing the submission of SAKs in LEAs and the testing of SAKs in laboratories. This approach would also determine whether specific policies or characteristics of a jurisdiction result in more efficient processing outcomes. This mixed-methods study examined intra- and interagency dynamics associated with SAK processing efficiency in a linked sample of crime laboratories (N = 145) and LEAs (N = 321). Relying on responses to a national survey of laboratories and a matched sample of LEAs, researchers at RTI International used regression analysis and stochastic frontier modeling to assess how labor and capital inputs, evidence policies, evidence management systems, and models of cross-agency coordination affect SAK processing efficiency. Semistructured interviews with personnel from forensic laboratories, LEAs, and prosecutor’s offices in six jurisdictions were used to elaborate on critical themes relating to SAK processing efficiency.
Main Term(s): Rape; Sex offense investigations; Sexual assault
Index Term(s): Crime laboratories; Crime laboratory management; Evidence; Forensic Laboratories; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ final report
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