Proposal aims to address problem of untested rape kits

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A proposal headed to the Albuquerque City Council aims to keep the city’s number of untested sexual-assault evidence kits from growing.

A proposal by Councilor Pat Davis outlines a series of deadlines that would require Albuquerque police to send new kits to the lab and have them tested in criminal cases.

Davis says he wants to prioritize cases so victims don’t have to wait.

The council’s finance and government committee is expected to consider the proposal sometime next month.

New Mexico leads the nation when it comes to the number of untested kits per capita, far outpacing the rest of the states. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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