The Backlog:


After Texas became the second state to require law enforcement agencies to count and submit all previously untested rape kits for testing, the Dallas Police Department reported having 4,144 untested rape kits in storage. In September 2013, the Department began taking bids from private labs to test the kits and expected testing would take two years, but testing did not actually begin until October 2014 due to a lack of funding. Going forward, the Department plans to test 250 kits a month.  

In September 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance announced Dallas County was awarded $1,599,170 in funding to address its backlog through testing kits, investigating and prosecuting cases and re-engaging survivors.

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