The Georgia House voted unanimously Thursday to preserve sexual assault evidence indefinitely until cases are solved.
The legislation, House Bill 282, calls for police to save evidence of rapes and similar crimes so that perpetrators can be tracked down even many years later. Current state laws allow evidence of sexual assaults to be discarded after 10 years.
"These crimes change and damage lives to a degree that is really incredible,” said said Holcomb, a Democrat from Atlanta. “Now that we’ve done all this testing, it may take time, it may take even decades, to get a match to the person who did it.”
The legislation now advances to the state Senate.
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