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Wisconsin Department of Justice reviewing cases involving sexual assault kits

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) — Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said the Department of Justice is reviewing 600 cases of un-analyzed sexual assault kits.

The project started in 2016 under former Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel.

The review has already lead to charges against five people in Wisconsin. According to the office of the DOJ, there is a backlog of more than 6,000 un-submitted rape kits. Some of these kits were not tested because they dealt with a case that involved a conviction.

“Our next important step is going to be to review cases where there are DNA matches to determine if prosecutions can be brought,” Kaul said. “We actually recently received authority from the Department of Administration to hire an additional prosecutor who will focus on sexual assault cases and part of what that person will be doing is working to address those cases from the backlog.”

Kaul said he is working on legislation that will implement standardized testing for rape kits throughout the state in order to prevent another backlog issue. The Wisconsin DOJ plans to analyze another 1,000 kits that revealed DNA profiles.

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