- HPD rape case backlog is far worse than feared – Anita Hassan, Houston Chronicle
According to department officials and figures compiled for a grant awarded to HPD from the National Institute of Justice this year, more than 3,000 kits stored in air-conditioned sections of the property room may not have been tested in addition to the 4,220 untested kits in a property room freezer. The estimate of additional kits is based on a random sampling.
Not only can untested sexual assault evidence cause delays in justice for rape victims, it also can lead to the conviction of innocent people.
Why in the world hasn’t this been more of a priority for multiple mayoral administrations?