2017 HB 255, sponsored by Delegate Hettleman, alters State Article – Criminal Procedure
The two main additions are:
- The health care provider who tends to a victim of sexual assault will be required to provide:
“WRITTEN INFORMATION DESCRIBING THE LAWS AND POLICIES GOVERNING THE TESTING, PRESERVATION, AND DISPOSAL OF A SEXUAL ASSAULT EVIDENCE COLLECTION KIT.”
2. Government agencies must keep rape kits for a minimum of 20 years.
(1) A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY, GOVERNMENT AGENCY, OR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER MAY NOT DESTROY OR DISPOSE OF A SEXUAL ASSAULT EVIDENCE COLLECTION KIT OR OTHER CRIME SCENE EVIDENCE RELATING TO A SEXUAL ASSAULT WITHIN 20 YEARS AFTER THE EVIDENCE IS COLLECTED.
An article in the Baltimore Sun addresses some issues in government treatment of sexual assault cases and evidence.
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