New Funding for Rape Kit Testing to Help Police Departments

gold dollar signPolice Departments across Maryland are eligible for new state and federal funding to help process rape kits. In recent years police departments have reported a significant backlog of cases.

The Baltimore Sun reports:

The funds include $3.5 million that is part of a new state fund for testing, plus a portion of a $2.6 million federal grant that also will help track kits and support survivors. And Baltimore County recently received a private $300,000 grant from a local foundation to help sex-crimes detectives investigate decades-old cold cases.

At last count in 2018, 10 of Maryland’s largest police departments reported more than 6,500 untested kits, according to the Maryland Attorney General’s Office. An updated statewide inventory is expected soon.

For more information:

Millions in state, federal money ready to help Maryland police departments test rape kits, some years old (The Baltimore Sun)

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