Bill could help city clear untested rape kit backlog

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)Another bill the mayor signed could help clear a backlog of untested rape kits. It outlines a series of deadlines for the Albuquerque Police Department to send kits to the lab for testing. It would also establish an Albuquerque Sexual Assault Evidence Response Team to investigate. There are almost 4,000 evidence kits in police custody that have not been tested. It’s estimated it would take about $1.2 million a year over five years to address the backlog.

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