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Miami PD to begin work on state’s largest backlog of untested rape kits

January 4, 2016
Miami Herald
David Smiley

An effort to identify and process every untested rape kit in Florida has found that more than 3,700 exist in Miami-Dade County, including 2,243 held by Miami police alone — the most of any law enforcement agency in the state.

Out of 13,500 untested kits statewide, more than one in four exists in Miami-Dade, according to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement report released Monday. Even more striking, in a state where the backlog appears to be worse than initially reported, the city and county hold more than one in three rape kits that law enforcement agencies believe “should be” tested.



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