Lawmakers Set to Pass Rape Kit Retention Bill, but Not Mandatory Testing

State lawmakers are poised this week to pass legislation that will require police in Maryland to keep rape kits for 20 years. But what to do with the kits remains a topic of considerable debate. [ . . . ] Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger called the retention bill a “common sense” reform with “minimal impact.” Most rape kits are the size of an 8-by-10-inch envelope and do not require refrigeration. More than half the states have laws mandating a minimum time period to retain evidence in sexual assault cases, according to AEquitas. The Washington-based organization offers training to prosecutors who handle cases of sexual and domestic violence.