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.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s office is into the second phase of a federally funded project focused on untested rape kits discovered in the former Detroit Police crime lab.
More than 1,000 once-forgotten rape kits that were part of a trove found in a Detroit police property storage facility are expected to be reviewed and possibly tested for DNA in crimes dating to the 1980s.