The Backlog:

Detroit

In 2009, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office discovered 11,304 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 March 2014, 1,600 kits had been tested, resulting in 455 hits in the national DNA database and the identification of more than 100 potential serial rapists. DNA from the kits tested linked to crimes committed in 22 states and the District of Columbia. The State of Michigan granted the city $4 million toward testing the kits remaining in the backlog. 

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  • Backlog Status

Count
Counting Complete
Testing
In Testing
Resolved
Not Cleared
Size
11,304*

* In 2009, the Wayne County Prosecutor discovered 11,304 untested kits in Detroit, as reported by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder

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