Report: Staffing, attitudes aided rape-kit backlog, but Detroit's fix could be national model

April 8, 2015 12:14 AM

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Chronic understaffing and police attitudes toward victims contributed to thousands of rape kits going untested for years in Detroit, but the city's success in clearing the backlog could be a model for other cities facing similar problems, according to a report released Tuesday.

A final review of the city's effort, released by the U.S. Justice Department's National Institute of Justice, said a coalition of law enforcement agencies, victims' advocates and other groups proved successful in Detroit and could set a national example. But researchers also found that a lack of res...

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