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 January 2015, about 2,000 of the backlogged kits had been tested, resulting in approximately 760 DNA matches and the identification of 188 potential serial rapists, and the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office obtained 15 convictions. DNA from the kits tested linked to crimes committed in 26 states and the District of Columbia.

In June 2013, 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. Additionally in January 2015 a new coalition, Enough SAID (Sexual Assault in Detroit), was unveiled as an independent fundraising body to advocate for additional public monies and raise private sector funding to address Detroit's backlog.

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