The Backlog:

Detroit

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 April 2015, Detroit’s kit testing initiative has resulted in approximately 1,133 DNA matches and the identification of 255 potential serial rapists, and the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office obtained 15 convictions. DNA from the kits tested linked to crimes committed in 30 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.

For more information about reforms happening in Detroit, click here

  • Backlog Status

Count
Counting Complete
Testing
In Testing
Resolved
Not Cleared
Size
11,341*

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

 

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