Trump Signs Bill Aimed at Eliminating the Backlog of Untested Rape Kits

President Trump has signed a bill aimed at eliminating the backlog of over 100k untested rape kits by proving new funding.

The law allocates nearly $194 million a year from 2019-2024.


TheHill reports President Trump signed a bill Monday to help eliminate the number of rape kits that need testing and are currently stalled in a backlog.

The legislation will provide funding from the Department of Justice to help local governments get through the backlog of untested rape kits. Currently, there are more than 100,000 untested rape kits across the U.S., according to ABC News.

The White House said the Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2019 will ensure that “criminals are brought to justice,” according to a statement from press secretary Stephanie Grisham.

“We know that DNA is much more likely than fingerprints to result in the identification of a criminal, yet thousands of rape kits currently sit untested in labs and on police storage shelves across the Nation,” Grisham’s statement read.

2016, CBS News investigated the thousands of rape kits that remain in storage, untested.


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