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Hawaii lawmakers want details on 1,500 untested rape kits

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By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are pushing for more details on why so many rape kits haven't been tested in Hawaii.

The kits contain specimens and DNA evidence collected from sexual assault victims to be used as evidence.

The Honolulu Police Department says it has about 1,500 rape kits that haven't been tested due to limited staff and resources.

State senators in two committees advanced a bill Wednesday that would require more reporting from law enforcement departments on untested rape kits. Sen. Will Espero says the bill requires reporting, rather than testing, as a first step because it took years to get the backlog number.

The National Conference on State Legislatures says there are more than 100,000 untested kits nationwide.

Supporters say testing the kits is important for catching repeat sexual offenders.

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