Outside Section 270
Data Current as of: 10/17/2014
(a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, all state crime laboratories and facilities established pursuant to section 7 of chapter 22E of the General Laws and all local police departments shall undertake a physical inventory of sexual assault evidence collection kits in their possession by November 1, 2014. The director of the crime laboratory within the department of state police and the chief law enforcement officer of each city and town shall provide a written report to the secretary of public safety and security not later than December 1, 2014 indicating: (i) the number of sexual assault evidence collection kits in their possession containing forensic evidence, as defined by section 220 of chapter 111 of the General Laws, that have not undergone DNA analysis, as defined by section 1 of chapter 22E of the General Laws, as of September 1, 2014; and (ii) the month and year that each untested sexual assault evidence collection kit containing forensic evidence was received by the reporting laboratory or local police department.
(b) The secretary of public safety and security shall prepare and transmit a report to the clerks of the senate and the house of representatives containing the information reported under this section by January 1, 2015.