Memphis Needs $6.5 Million to Process Rape Kits

Memphis Mayor AC Wharton was to ask the city council today for $1 million to pay for testing of backlogged rape kits. But the request, if granted, would cover just a fraction of the costs. Wharton also said he plans to ask the state for $2 million and has been in talks with Gov. Bill Haslam to find other workable solutions. Help also may come from the private sector. Local Memphis.com recently reported that the charity Joyful Heart Foundation is working to find money to help the city. Experts estimate it will cost $6.5 million and take five years to test the thousands of backlogged kits.