Tests of rape kit backlogs nets 1000s of arrests

Tests of rape kit backlogs nets 1000s of arrests

Efforts to clear a nationwide backlog of untested rape kits going back months and years has led to more than 1,000 arrests and hundreds of convictions. New York City District Attorney has provided $38 million in funding to jurisdictions in 20 states, leading to 186 arrests and 64 convictions since 2015.

Hannibal 1 year

So let's see: NYC prosecuted rape cases based on the kit results at a rate of 85 to one. And taxpayers covered a thousand buck per test? We clearly need to different ways of dealing with rape accusations because neither accuser, accused, or taxpayers are getting justice.

CoLpOeSnED 1 year

imagine if military budget was cut in half and only a smidget of that could go to shit like this all over the country.. just a taste of potential ideas of how to invest back into this country.

Miles O'Brien
Miles O'Brien 1 year

Protect and Serve? This is representative of law enforcement in this country? The women that were subjected to having rape kits used on them should be suing every agency that signed off on this travesy. All that money spent on armoring police departments up to literal standing armies could have been used to further the course of justice. It comes to hundreds of millions of dollars a small portion of which would have been enough to fund this project. I'm disgusted.

Just An Opinion
Just An Opinion 1 year

The best case figures in the Washington Times, is 498 convictions/plea bargains from 45,000 tests. That's 1.1% of tests, and $90,000 per conviction/plea bargain. According to the National Sexual Violence Research Center, between 2% and 10% of accusations are proven to be false. Assuming every accuser was tested with a rape kit, that's between $900k and $4.5m of tax dollars spent on provably false accusations. To curb costs, I would like to see accusers lose the ability to withdraw their accusation once swabbed with a kit. Then if proven to be a false claim, they should be fined the equivalent cost of testing per conviction: $90,000. If we adopted this, I daresay the testing backlog issue would go away without any further intervention.

CommanderVaasDC 1 year

why does abcnews say 186 arrest but the rest are 1000.

ConcealCarryProtect 1 year

Why they cost so damn much??? Surely somebody isn't profiting off rape?

The Deer King
The Deer King 1 year

Doesn’t a rape kit just prove sex happened? I know there are other things that show signs of forced entry such as tears but wouldn’t it be more accurate to say “Back log of untested rape kits lead to investigations which succeed in making 186 (or over 1000 depending on the headline) arrests”?

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