A backlog of 20,000 untested rape kits sit on evidence shelves in police departments across Texas, reports the Texas Tribune. In 2011, Texas lawmakers required law enforcement agencies to audit the number of untested rape kits. Now that the count is complete, legislators must determine in the 2013 session how much money it will take to clear the backlog.
The state estimates it would cost the state $7 million to $11 million to clear the testing backlog. It would be less expensive but would take longer if the department did the testing in-house, rather than outsourcing the tests.