The state crime lab has a backlog of hundreds of rape kits.
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez says it takes about a year to get rape-kit test results from the state crime lab. A couple of states are much faster.
Alvarez spoke at a National Rape-Kit Testing Forum yesterday, along with other law-enforcement officials and advocates.
Julie Renfroe, a forensics supervisor for the California Department of Justice, said her state has sped things up by creating better processes.
California now sets itself a deadline of about one month. Arlene Hall, who runs the Illinois state crime lab, said her lab would start a project to improve workflow in the coming year.