The Dallas Police Department and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office remain committed to eliminating the backlog of sexual assault cases, with significant progress made in recent months.
Dallas Responds to Backlog of Unprocessed Sexual Assault Kits
In a groundbreaking move to address a longstanding issue, Dallas authorities are intensifying their efforts to clear a backlog of sexual assault cases. This aggressive initiative is reshaping the justice landscape, providing hope and closure for survivors while ensuring perpetrators are held accountable.
Dallas Police and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office are dedicated to clearing a backlog of untested sexual assault kits dating back to 1996. Two groups are handling this issue due to funding limitations. To reduce the backlog, the Dallas City Council approved a hefty $2.3 million for 2022 inspections.
In addition, Dallas County has provided him with $500,000 from the Sex Assault Kit Initiative Grant (SAKI) and is ready to expedite testing for approximately 330 kits. Officials sent kits from the 1996-2011 backlog to the Virginia Forensic Lab, and the 2011-2019 backlog is currently housed at the Dallas County Forensic Lab.
Striving for Justice in Every Case
While making significant progress, the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and DPD emphasize their unwavering commitment to investigating every lead that emerges, irrespective of a DNA hit.
Recent success stories, such as the sentencing of a 61-year-old individual connected to two cold-case sexual assaults through the SAKI program, highlight the effectiveness of the ongoing efforts to bring perpetrators to justice.
The authorities ensure that every lead will be thoroughly investigated, and efforts will continue into 2024 to finalize the testing of remaining unprocessed kits, underscoring their dedication to seeking justice for survivors.