Police Departments Get $79M To Test Backlogged Rape Kits
Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the funding that will be used to test about 70,000 rape kits from 27 states.By Karen Rodriguez | September 10, 2015
The federal government and New York City are giving $79 million in grants to police jurisdictions around the country to test backlogged rape kits. ( Video via WXYZ)
On Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the Department of Justice will set aside $41 million and Manhattan's District Attorney's office will give $38 million. The money will fund testing of about 70,000 rape kits from 27 states, many of which have been sitting in warehouses for years. ( Video via NBC)
"Testing rape kits should be an absolute priority for the United States of America. It works, it matters, it brings closure, it brings justice and thats why we are here," Biden said.