Lab to test more than 1,000 rape kits. Finally.

The Associated Press is reporting that some 1,000 old and untested rape kits, which could have produced DNA evidence in unsolved rape cases, could finally be tested.

The kits have been shelved and forgotten in a Detroit Police Department storage facility, some since the 1980s.

The Michigan State Police has taken over Detroit Police Department crime lab duties since the Detroit lab was closed in 2008, following an audit which showed an alarmingly high error rate in the ballistics lab. After the closure, nearly 12,000 untested kits were discovered at the lab.

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