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Joe Biden Promotes Major Grant Program To Test Rape Kits, Put Criminals Behind Bars

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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 27: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks during the Democratic National Committee's Winter Meeting at the Capitol Hilton February 27, 2014 in Washington, DC. Biden addressed the Association of State Democratic Chairs. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says a proposed $35 million grant program will get untested rape kits off the shelves and put criminals behind bars.

The money is in the 2015 budget proposal President Barack Obama unveiled this week. Congress must approve the spending.

Biden says a federally funded pilot program in Detroit some years ago turned up numerous rapists who were then prosecuted, convicted and put away.

He says too many law enforcements agencies don't realize what valuable information the kits contain.

Biden says it's not known how many rape kits are waiting to be tested. Attorney General Eric Holder says the current state of affairs is "simply unacceptable."

The grants would also pay to help develop "cold case" investigative squads and support sexual assault victims.

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