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AG: Progress on Hawaii Sexual Assault Kit Inventory


Three out of four state counties have now submitted a record detailing the number of untested rape kits. That’s according to the Attorney General’s office who released the inventories from Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i county police departments.

All counties failed to meet the September 1st deadline, part of a new law passed earlier this year requiring inventories of untested kits.

The county reports show a large majority of rape kits remain untested, some even dating back to the 1990s. On Kaua‘i, about a third of sexual assault kits have been tested, while on Maui that number is less than 10-percent. On the Big Island, a little more than 300 untested kits remain in storage.

The Honolulu Police Department, which has the largest inventory, is the only county who still hasn’t submitted a final count. A spokesperson with the Attorney General’s office expects it will be completed soon.

All four inventories will be included in a final report to the legislature in December.

Sexual Assault Kits Inventory for Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii County Police Departments

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon joined HPR in May 2012 as an intern for the morning talk show The Conversation. She has since worn a variety of hats around the station, doing everything from board operator to producer.
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