The AP reports the alarming rate in which Rape Kits are tested/ remain untested – some have remained in storage for over 20 years:
DETROIT (AP): “According to some estimates, between 180,000 and 400,000 rape kits remain untested nationwide, despite DNA technology that can swiftly link rapists to crimes… Between 9,000 and 11,300 rape kits stored by Detroit police were collected two years ago by Michigan State Police. The kits are being documented and tested in batches as part of a National Institute for Justice project. Initially, about 400 were chosen. Another batch of about 1,000 has been identified for testing so far this year. Detroit’s project is funded by grants.The kits – 10-inch-long boxes containing swabs, evidence envelopes and information sheets detailing the examination, complications and a list of 24-hour rape crisis centers – can cost $1,200 to $1,500 to test…. Houston, which had a 4,000-kit backlog, has embarked on a similar project. Grants and donations helped Los Angeles city police go through about 7,000 kits.”
For full article see: Detroit’s Untested Rape Kit Backlog Could Bring Justice, But Reopen Old Wounds.
- Detroit team methodically pores over rape kits (mysanantonio.com)
- Rape Victim Sues Harvey Over Untested Rape Kit (chicago.cbslocal.com)
- APNewsBreak: Old Detroit Rape Kits to Be Tested (abcnews.go.com)