9/15/16 End the Backlog

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Detroit was the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

Here’s what’s happening behind the headlines.

While Detroit was in its financial hellhole there was an expectation that vital services would be performed.  Water, sewer and trash pick-up would continue.  Cops would patrol.  Firemen would put-out blazes.

Providing critical services to support safety and well-being is the highest priority.

But long before the Motor City filed for bankruptcy there was one vital service ignored.

In 2009, a prosecutor visiting an evidence warehouse stumbled upon 11,000 rape kits from victims.  Sealed.  And untested.  Some were from the 90s.  Seven years later there’s still a backlog yet to be tested.

Matching DNA has helped catch countless perpetrators.

But DNA is of no value if samples aren’t tested.  Attackers remain free.  And victims don’t get closure.

This wasn’t a bankruptcy issue.  Many cities aren’t sending rape kits to the lab.  New York City had 17,000.  12,000 in LA.  The same in Dallas.

According to the Justice Department, there are more than 400,000 rape kits in police evidence rooms.  Untested.

It’s a national epidemic.  And a disgrace.

End the backlog.

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