City announces $2.5M grant to test backlogged rape kits

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Monday, the city announced $2.5 million in new funding it will use to test backlogged rape kits.

The money comes form a grant awarded to the city by the Department of Justice. Earlier this year, the mayor allocated $1 million of next year’s budget to testing the approximately 3,800 untested kits sitting at the Albuquerque Police Department’s crime lab.

He says the new funding will help move things along.

“We are going through these kits and evaluating them currently to find out which kits are viable for testing,” Mayor Richard Berry said.

The city says the money will help hire two forensic scientists and buy new lab software. 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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