The Backlog:


In 2009, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office discovered 11,341 untested rape kits in a Detroit Police Department storage facility. With funding from the National Institute of Justice, a collaborative team of law enforcement, prosecutors, researchers and advocates studied the causes of the backlog and developed and implemented a plan for testing. As of November 2014, about 2,000 of the backlogged kits had been tested, resulting in approximately 760 DNA matches and the identification of 188 potential serial rapists. DNA from the kits tested linked to crimes committed in 23 states and the District of Columbia. The State of Michigan granted the city $4 million toward testing the kits remaining in the backlog and is expecting to clear the backlog by May 2015. 

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