Bode Technology has more than 20 years of demonstrated high throughput and backlog reduction capabilities for forensic casework DNA analysis.
Clearing the Backlog
Untested sexual assault kits exist around the country,1 contributing to a national arrest rate of less than 20% on rape crimes2,3 and less than a 40% clearance rate.4 Bode Technology has processed more than 95,000 sexual assault kits and regularly works with crime labs, law enforcement agencies, and prosecutors’ offices to help clear sexual assault kit backlogs and help bring justice for the victims.
Our extensive experience providing DNA analysis has allowed us to develop optimized approaches to testing these cases more efficiently and effectively.
Bode has a validated, proven approach that can process Sexual Assault (Rape) Kits using high throughput techniques. The results have shown huge successes for both communities and the victims of these crimes. Compared to conventional procedures Bode’s approach has resulted in:
More Male DNA profiles generated
More NDIS uploadable profiles
Reduced turnaround times
Low-level male contributors detected
Streamlined Laboratory and More Results
Streamlining processing allows for rapid expansion of capacity through automation, and increases the results by utilizing the best sampling for DNA analysis and employing a different step in the process to perform case assessments. Bode improves turnaround by reducing time spent on negative cases. Bode's methods have also led to the development of cleaner results for positive cases, reducing analyst reporting and technical review time. Our approach also enables the detection of DNA from vasectomized males – by not limiting male DNA detection to semen samples.
The overall process results in more cases where male DNA profiles are generated.
DNA Casework Programs
1. Holder EH, Robinson LO, Laub JH. The Road Ahead: Unanalyzed Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases. U.S. Department of Justice: National Institute of Justice. https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/233279.pdf. Published May 2011. Accessed August 6, 2018.
2. U.S. Department of Justice. 2016 Crime in the United States: Table 1. https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2016/crime-in-the-u.s.-2016/tables/.... Accessed August 14, 2018.
3. U.S. Department of Justice. 2016 Crime in the United States: Table 18. https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2016/crime-in-the-u.s.-2016/topic-p.... Accessed August 14, 2018.
4. U.S. Department of Justice. Uniform Crime Report: Crime in the United States, 2016. https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2016/crime-in-the-u.s.-2016/topic-p.... Published Fall 2017. Accessed August 14, 2018.
5. Ritter N. Solving sexual assaults: Finding answers through research. NIJ Journal. 2012; 270:4-17.