Detroit receives money to process rape kits
DETROIT, MI (AP)-- Governor Rick Snyder has signed a spending measure that allocates $4 million to test thousands of unprocessed rape kits in the city of Detroit.
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 in a Detroit Police Department storage facility.
The bill signed Wednesday lets Detroit operate a detention center in a former state prison and includes money for a new student safety hotline. There's also funding for the Grand Rapids Veterans Home and money to carry out a deal so Albion high school students go to Marshall.
The legislation also funds building projects at universities and community colleges and a new state Emergency Operations Center.