All posts tagged: Rape Kit Backlog

Nancy O'Malley, District Attorney Alameda County

Shattered Lives: Nancy O’Malley, District Attorney, A Champion for Rights

Listen to Shattered Lives Radio As the District Attorney for Alameda County, California, Nancy O’Malley gives much more than lip service to the issues facing citizens across the country. Working within the system in California she has diligently worked on several fronts to enhance the rights of victims of crime. Although many legislative actions have made changes in favor of offenders, O’Malley is the nationally recognized expert for advancing rights of crime victims in her state, and recently wrote two statutes, worked on a third, that are now laws in California. Each of them articulate the dignity, and respect victims of crime are to be given in the criminal justice system. O’Malley will talk about Orders of Restitution in the state of California and how the legislature and the courts have laid out how these orders are to be handed down in all cases which warrant. It goes so far as to state that any “sentence that fails to include or intentionally omits a restitution award is an invalid sentence.” A landmark for the compensation to victims who …

Lavinia Masters Attending Press Conference for the Texas SAFER Act

    Nationwide, hundreds of thousands of rape-test kits sit in limbo because local police forces lack the resources to process them. Each kit represents a victim denied closure, and a rapist who might go unpunished. Editorial Dallas Daily News   Lavinia Masters waited over 20 years before her rapist was identified through DNA technology. A rapist that was given the time and ability to commit more crimes before being put behind bars. Results of a sexual assault, or rape kit are an important component towards justice for the victim, and communities as a whole.  As in the case of Masters, her perpetrator went on to assault again, and Masters suffered through 20 years waiting for justice.  Without forensic evidence, juries question the case and the prosecution, even though the evidence may exist, juries don’t understand that where a rape kit has been performed, why it’s not in the courtroom. With increased DNA technology, the results of a rape kit are often times what a case hinges on to convict an offender. In February Masters …