The Backlog:

Houston

In February 2015, Houston officials reported that they have completed testing of 6,663 previously untested rape kits. Using $4.4 million in federal grant money and city funding, the Houston Police Department outsourced all of the kits to two private labs for testing, along with 1,450 more recently collected kits and 1,020 samples of DNA evidence from other crimes. Testing has yielded 850 matches in CODIS, the national DNA database, resulting in the prosecution of 29 offenders.

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