Rape Kit Backlog

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News Channel 3 exposed the problem several years ago. 

Now, the city of Memphis is finally getting some help, dealing with the largest known backlog of rape kits in the country. 

Yesterday, Mayor A C Wharton said it's going to take about six million dollars and several years to test more than 12,000 kits Some 20 years old! 

A group called the Joyful Heart Foundation is going to lend its expertise to solving the problem and Shelby County DA Amy Weirich is promising results for rape victims. 

The city has also asked former U.S. Attorney Veronica Coleman-Davis to look into how the backlog started, to figure out how to keep it from happening again.


  • smith

    Where is the money.? I bet nothing will ever happen with this, why do you think they appointed coleman, to keep the lid on it. People we have political Parasites running memphis, Memphis is going bankrupt just be ready. Spending all money downtown, salary two high, we need a change.

  • JustMe

    Instead of spending money on useless “consultants”, use the money to hire people that actually process the things and get the job done. Just another case of the city of Memphis and their wasteful spending. She must be good friends with someone on the city council or the mayor.

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