DNA Evidence Will be Stored for 50 Years Under New State Law

Kate Elizabeth Queram
Route Fifty

Holcomb proposed the new rules after a CNN investigation found that law enforcement agencies in multiple states had destroyed rape kits while the statues of limitations for the crimes were still running. Georgia was not named in the story, but Holcomb said he wanted to ensure that the state had appropriate rules in place to preserve evidence. Read More »

Here are some of the state laws going into effect Monday

Curt Yeomans
Gwinnett Daily Post

"This bill builds upon our state's prior work to address the backlog of untested sexual assault kits," Holcomb said in a statement after the bill was signed into law in early May. "Now that we have the evidence, we need to preserve it. And bring cases." Read More »

Lawmakers Commended for Helpful Legislation

Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Another piece of forward-thinking legislation will require law-enforcement agencies to hang on to DNA evidence for a longer period of time.

Law-enforcement agencies will soon be required to save evidence collected from sexual assaults for as long as 50 years. That is about 40 years longer than they are required to keep it now.
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Editorial: New law helps right serious wrong

Augusta Chronicle

State Rep. Scott Holcomb, as one among the abundance of attorneys populating the Georgia General Assembly, is aware more sensitively than most that an attorney on either side of a case needs as much evidence as possible to prove or disprove a person's guilt. Rape kits prove to be virtually indispensable. Read More »

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