Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy was at the announcement in New York and said she has been working tirelessly to find money to help with the backlog.
“Too many victims have been waiting too long for justice they deserve,” the governor said.
The law is a result of the 2009 discovery of more than 11,000 untested sexual assault kits recovered from a Detroit police storage facility.
When 11,000 untested rape kits were discovered in Detroit in 2009, Michigan officials faced two major questions going forward…
The bill approved Thursday comes in response to a backlog of roughly 11,000 rape kits discovered in Detroit in 2009.
“I was in shock,” Hargitay said. “I was outraged, and I just assumed that kits were tested.”
“Twice women were violated, once by the rape and second by the justice was put in a box; put on a shelf. That’s going to end now,” said Attorney General Bill Schuette.
A 29-year-old man has been charged after authorities test evidence from old rape kits pulled in 2009 from a Detroit police storage facility.
Testing rape cases remains a thorn in Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy’s side.
Michigan State Police hope to solve rapes in Metro Detroit more quickly when they open a lab to handle rape kits this summer.