Mich. lawmakers OK $4M to test Detroit rape kits

Michigan lawmakers have allocated $4 million to test thousands of unprocessed rape kits in the city of Detroit.

Supporters of the funding approved Thursday in Lansing say the goal is catching suspected rapists who've gone undetected for years because of a DNA testing backlog.

The state in 2009 discovered more than 11,000 untested kits dating back 25 years in a Detroit Police Department storage facility. Since Detroit's crime lab was closed, the state has been handling forensic testing for the police and county prosecutors.

It can cost $1,500 to test a rape kit, and limited funding makes it tough to reduce the backlog.

The rape kit funding is included in a supplemental budget bill sent to Governor Rick Snyder on 106-3 and 37-1 votes in the House and Senate.