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HOUSTON (KTRK) — Houston’s leaders celebrated a milestone Monday, as Mayor Annise Parker, District Attorney Devon Anderson along with police brass and crime lab officials heralded the official end of a backlog of rape kits, some dating back to the 1980s.
The latest update on the city’s rape kit backlog was disclosed during the Memphis City Council’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee meeting Tuesday morning.
Nearly 7,000 of the 12,374 untested rape kits discovered by the Memphis Police Department (MPD) in late 2013 and early 2014 still await laboratory analysis.
DETROIT, MI — Testing the 11,303 rape kits found forgotten in 2009 inside a Detroit Police Department warehouse is only a small part of what it will take to get justice for victims.
A public-private partnership formed earlier this month in an effort to raise $10 million over the next three years, with the goal of creating a 35-person rape-kit cold case team, including 25 investigators and 10 assistant prosecutors to do the rest of the work.
HOUSTON (KTRK) — It was a celebration at Houston City Hall in October as Mayor Annise Parker and U.S. Senator John Cornyn surrounded by police officials, praised the city’s successful effort in clearing a three-decade backlog of DNA evidence of sexual assaults that had sat untested in a police evidence room.
Texas Department of Public Safety labs are coping with an abundance of evidence testing submissions, an issue that mirrors a situation faced by federal agencies about 20 years ago. For years, law enforcement agencies relied on the Federal Bureau of Investigation for evidence testing, but as the practice of DNA analysis grew, the FBI became overwhelmed with evidence to process.
In an unprecedented initiative, the cash-strapped city of Detroit has partnered with two nonprofits to raise $10 million for testing its huge backlog of rape kits and conducting further investigations of rape cases. Five years ago, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office discovered 11,000 untested kits in a Detroit police storage unit, a few of which date back 25 years.
Springfield, MO- From DNA to ballistics, fingerprints to drug chemical analysis, law enforcement agencies across Southwest Missouri submit criminal evidence in need of analysis to the Missouri Highway Patrol Crime Laboratory in downtown Springfield.
Paul Noel can point to a crowning achievement of his first nine months shepherding investigations of sex crimes in New Orleans: the work of his team in 2010 and 2011 led to the testing and examination of more than 800 rape kits that had long sat on some forgotten shelf.