Thanks to Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., Florida is one of the states to be given part of $79 million in funds devoted to combat the accumulation of untested sexual assault kits in the country.
The combined grants from the Manhattan DA and the U.S. Justice Department will provide funds to more than 40 law enforcement jurisdictions to pay for crime-lab processing of 70,000 untested sexual assault evidence kits, expediting a process that could help identify perpetrators of sex crimes.
At a news conference in New York City, Vance characterized the combined grants as "the single largest contribution toward ending the rape kit backlog that has ever been made” and said those monies "represent the best opportunity in a generation to take rapists out of our communities.''
...New York was the first big city to alleviate its own backlog of untested rape kits over ten years ago. Now, Vance's office will provide $38 million for rape kit testing to 32 jurisdictions, including police departments in Tallahassee, Fla., Riverside, Ca., and Flint, Mich., as well as statewide law enforcement agencies in Ohio, Kentucky, Wisconsin and California, among many others."We are going to help cities counties and states across the country, coast to coast to do exactly the same,'' Vance said.
Though other states have cleared their backlogs for years, Florida hasn't.
Now, suddenly after the announcement from Biden and Lynch, we find Pam Bondi rushing before the cameras to say she plans to "make clearing the backlog a priority this year."