Measure adds $5M to help reduce rape kit backlogs

Measure adds $5M to help reduce rape kit backlogs

Posted: Updated:

NASHVILLE (AP) - The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a measure that provides an additional $5 million in federal funds to help law enforcement agencies in Tennessee and elsewhere reduce their backlogs of untested rape kits.

The legislation sponsored by Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen of Tennessee passed on a voice vote this week. It's an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2015 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill.

Of roughly 400,000 untested rape kits sitting in evidence rooms nationwide, about 12,000 remain untested in Memphis - more than anywhere else in the country.

Cohen's amendment transfers the funds to a new grant program focused specifically on helping law enforcement agencies nationwide reduce their backlogs.

Tennessee passed a law this year that requires law enforcement agencies to inventory their rape kits.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow

1306 N. Broadway NE Knoxville,
Tennessee 37917

Telephone: 865.637.NEWS(6397)
Fax: 865.525.4091
Email: newsroom@wate.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Knoxville, Inc. A Media General Company.