As of Dec. 1, 2015, 240 law enforcement agencies have submitted 11,665 kits to be tested. Of those, 2,331 kits were submitted after Senate Bill 316 took effect.
In Cuyahoga County alone, 420 defendants have been indicted following DNA testing conducted as part of the effort.
DeWine launched the initiative in 2011 after learning that dozens of law enforcement agencies across the state were in possession of rape kits, some of which were decades old, that had never been sent to a DNA lab for testing. He then made an open call to law enforcement to send their kits to BCI for free DNA testing.
Senate Bill 316, which went into effect on March 23, 2015, requires Ohio law enforcement agencies to submit any remaining previously untested sexual assault kits associated with a past crime to a crime laboratory within one year. The law also requires that all newly collected rape kits be submitted to a crime lab within 30 days after law enforcement determines a crime has been committed.