Victim advocate praises state forensic lab’s performance

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A prominent advocate for sexual assault victims says she thinks the state forensic biology laboratory is a model for the rest of the country because of the way it processes sexual assault kits.

Peg Langhammer is the executive director for Providence-based Day One Sexual Assault and Trauma Center. She says the Rhode Island lab has always been committed to ensuring evidence is preserved and tested with the highest standards, in a timely manner.

The state’s forensic biology supervisor says Rhode Island does not have a backlog of sexual assault kits.

It takes an average of 30 days to process a kit and issue a report after a test is requested.

The National Institute of Justice defines a backlog as evidence that was submitted to a crime lab and remains untested after 30 days.

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