Houston Takes Action on Rape Kit Backlog

Mayor Annise Parker announced the Southern city’s pile of 6,600 untested sexual assault kits will be gone in 14 months, since Houston will spend $4.4 million in grant funding to have them tested at two private labs. Both of the forensic facilities chosen have already built a reputation for other large backlog projects in New York City and Los Angeles.

This is good news, as rape kit processing leads to a higher arrest rate for rapes.