Thousands of Unprocessed Rape Kits Found in Detroit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Snyder and top law enforcers are asking Michigan lawmakers for $4 million to test thousands of unprocessed rape kits in the city of Detroit.

Supporters of the plan unveiled Wednesday in Lansing say the goal is catching suspected rapists who've gone undetected for years because of a DNA testing backlog.

The state in 2009 discovered more than 11,000 untested kits dating back 25 years in a Detroit Police Department storage facility. Since Detroit's crime lab was closed, the state has been handling forensic testing for the police and county prosecutors.

Snyder, Attorney General Bill Schuette and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy say victims are waiting too long for justice. It can cost $1,500 to test a rape kit, and limited funding makes it tough to reduce the backlog.

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