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Statewide rape kit backlog addressed

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HARTFORD - A problem that has been shelved in Connecticut, literally, was solved today.

New legislation is putting stricter regulations on how sexual assault evidence is processed.

Kits must now go to the state crime lab within ten days of collection and be processed within 60 days.

They must also be held longer, up from 60 days to five years, giving victims time to go to the police and preventing kits from going untested.