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Thousands of unprocessed rape kits sit on shelves in Minnesota


More than 3,400 rape kits collected from victims were never tested and sit in law enforcement storage around Minnesota, with some kits dating to the early 1990s.

The tally represents the first hard numbers for Minnesota in a continuing national scandal over the neglect of evidence that could put rapists behind bars.

The state Department of Public Safety released the tally Wednesday following a Star Tribune data request, but couldn’t provide detailed information because it’s still analyzing the reports from local law enforcement agencies.


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