The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has announced a $35 million program to assist other states and municipalities in reducing their test backlogs of rape kits. In recent years, the New York City’s push to clear its own backlog has resulted in 49 indictments of unsolved cases, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office hopes that it will serve as a model for other jurisdictions, helping them to not only prosecute offenders but also exonerate the wrongfully convicted. The initiative is being funded by the city’s civil forfeiture assets. Backlogs of rape kits are a mounting problem. For example, it is estimated that Memphis and Las Vegas have 11,000 and 4,000 untested rape kits, respectively.