Governor signs bill for rape test kit tracking

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Governor Snyder recently signed a supplemental budget bill that includes funding to establish a tracking system for rape test kits. His efforts were applauded by State Rep. Laura Cox. Cox, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, said she included the measure to pay for the first four years of the program, which enables rape victims to use a secure online program to track the progress of their rape kits as their cases move through the investigative process.

“The discovery of thousands of untested kits in a Detroit Police storage facility shows the need to have more accountability of rape test kits not only in Detroit, but across the state,” Cox said. “I am very happy the governor saw the merit in giving rape victims a new method by which they can follow the progress of the investigation.”

More than 100 convictions has already resulted from testing those abandoned kits or identified serial rapists.

“I hope being able to track the progress of their case will give these victims more peace of mind knowing that something is being done,” Cox said.