Robert C. Davis, Torie Camp, Susan Howley, William Wells, and Ilse Knecht
The purpose of this study is to determine the impact of Texas Senate Bill 1636 (SB1636)—its requirement that all untested sexual assault kits be submitted for laboratory DNA analysis—on reporting and processing of sexual assault cases in Texas. The National Policing Institute (PF), in collaboration with the National Center for Victims of Crime and the Joyful Heart Foundation, sought to determine how SB1636 has affected sexual assault reports, arrests, and convictions; how it has affected police agencies, prosecutors, and DNA labs; and what the benefits are of submitting previously untested sexual assault kits for DNA testing.
Longitudinal study, Secondary data analysis, Interviews
Davis, R., Camp, T., Howley, S., Wells, W., Knecht, I. (2017). Effects of SB1636 on processing and dispositions of sexual assault cases in Texas. National Policing Institute. https://www.policinginstitute.org/publication/effects-of-sb1636-on-processing-and-dispositions-of-sexual-assault-cases-in-texas/
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