Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:



In Progress

* In 2009, the Wayne County Prosecutor discovered 11,341 untested kits in Detroit, as reported by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder


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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. 

In June 2013, the State of Michigan granted the city $4 million toward testing the kits remaining in the backlog. 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.

In September 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance announced the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney's Office was awarded $1,999,109 in funding to address its backlog through testing kits, investigating and prosecuting cases and re-engaging survivors. In 2017, the BJA awarded the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney's Office an additional $1,500,000 to sustain this work.

As of January 2018, Detroit has tested approximately 10,000 kits, resulting in 2,616 DNA matches and the identification of 821 potential serial rapists, and the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office has obtained 144 convictions. DNA from kits tested has been linked to crimes committed in 40 states and Washington, D.C.


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