The White House proposed a budget this year that would provide $36 million in funding to help law enforcement officials process the nation’s massive backlog of untested rape kits. In a sign of approval, the House of Representatives voted Thursday to add another $5 million in funding for this purpose to its Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations bill.
According to the Justice Department, there are currently 400,000 untested rape kits sitting in evidence rooms across the country. A rape kit includes DNA samples and photo evidence collected by the hospital when an alleged rape victim first goes in for medical treatment. The materials in each kit cost about $1500 to examine, so the proposed $36 million in funding would only pay for about 30,000 tests. The $5 million approved Thursday would cover more than 3,000 additional kits.
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