State Senator Larry Obhof (R-Medina) today announced recent results released by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine showing that the state's Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative has now obtained more than 4,000 positive hits in the state’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).
“Because of the kit testing initiative, prosecutors are finally able to go after these offenders,” said Obhof. “There have been hundreds of indictments because of these efforts.” 
Attorney General DeWine launched the initiative in 2011 because law enforcement agencies across the state faced a backlog (in some cases decades old) of untested rape kits. Senator Obhof co-sponsored Senate Bill 316, which went into effect in March 2015, to require Ohio law enforcement agencies to eliminate the existing backlog of rape kits by submitting for testing any previously untested kits. Senate Bill 316 also set a strict timeline of 30 days for future submissions, in order to prevent future backlogs. 
So far, under the initiative and SB 316, law enforcement agencies have submitted a total of 13,890 rape kits to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) for testing. BCI has tested more than 11,000 of these. As of July 1, 2016, a total of 4,055 matches to DNA profiles already in the CODIS database have been obtained.
"By getting rid of the backlog and putting safeguards in place to make sure new DNA kits are tested immediately, we have begun to provide justice to victims,” Obhof added. “This initiative is getting violent predators off the streets.” 

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