Hawaii police fail to meet deadline on untested rape kits
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HONOLULU (AP) - All four of Hawaii's county police departments have missed a deadline requiring them to submit information on their untested rape kits.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that the requirements of the Sept. 1 deadline were signed into law by Gov. David Ige in July. The police departments have been asked to report to the state attorney general's office how many untested rape kits they have and provide the dates the forensic evidence was collected.
Attorney General Doug Chin says "police are working diligently" on the inventory reports and that he's expecting them "in the near future."
The information from the police departments will be included in a final report due to the Legislature in December.
The final report is meant to help the state find better ways to address its backlog of untested rape kits, some of which date back to the 1990s.
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