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 August 2015, Detroit has tested approximately 10,000 kits, resulting in 2,478 DNA matches and the identification of 469 potential serial rapists. The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office has obtained 21 convictions, and DNA from the kits tested linked to crimes committed in 39 states.

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.

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