CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois State Police (ISP) have launched an online tracking system for rape kits to allow sexual assault survivors to track evidence in new cases.
The state police, which rolled out the system in August, runs laboratories that analyze DNA evidence. The system was expected to launch last year, but was delayed, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Survivors will be given a case number for the system that will allow them to track their evidence through five steps:
- Initial collection at a health care facility
- Receipt by a law enforcement agency
- Receipt by a forensic laboratory
- Laboratory analysis
- When a laboratory report is sent to a law enforcement agency
ISP did not say which healthcare centers are using the system, but noted 86% of eligible facilities have submitted agreements to participate.
The system is not retroactive. Tracking numbers are assigned only for new cases, according to ISP.