Houston Is Finally Testing a Backlog of Thirty-Year-Old Rape Kits
The city of Houston, Texas has finally begun testing decades-old rape kits - and in just one week, those have led to hundreds of leads.
Houston is one of the first of the major cities nation-wide to clear their backlog of over 6,000 untested rape kit s- some of which were more than thirty years old. So far, the evidence from these test kits has lead to 850 DNA matches, 29 filed cases, and 6 convictions.Police are continuing to review evidence from the kits to see if charges can be made in other cases. The city was able to process the untested kits with the help of a $4.4 million plan approved by the Houston City Council last year.
"This is not a Houston problem," Parker said in her remarks. "It's not a Texas problem. It's a nationwide issue that built up over years and years." If Houston and Detroit's example illustrates anything, it's how important it is for the entire nation to work to fix it.
Media Resources: NY Mag 2/24/15; Huffington Post 2/24/15; NPR 2/10/15; BBC 2/4/15; Associated Press 11/15