Mayor, HFSC, DA, HPD Chief Announce Houston’s Launch of Rape Kit Tracking
April 11, 2019
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, the Houston Forensic Science Center, Harris County District Attorney’s Office, the Houston Police Department and three regional medical centers announced Thursday that Houston will begin electronically tracking in late May “rape kits” from two large systems from the moment of evidence collection and through prosecution.
Houston will be the largest city in Texas to pilot the software being rolled out statewide in September. The tracking software is required under legislation sponsored in 2017 by Texas Rep. Donna Howard.
The web-based software Texas’ Department of Public Safety will use is called
Track-Kit by STACS DNA. The portal provides each stakeholder, including the survivor, with their own password-protected view of sexual assault evidence. The pilot will include sexual assault evidence collected in Harris Health System and the Harris County Forensic Nurse Examiners.