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How big is the backlog where you live?

Though experts estimate that there are hundreds of thousands of untested kits in police and crime lab storage facilities throughout the country, there is no comprehensive, national data on the nature and scope of the rape kit backlog. Few state governments and no federal agencies track this data. Across cities and counties, there are vast differences in the way law enforcement officials track and report rape kit data, if at all, making it exceedingly difficult to compare data and to have a national picture of the backlog.
But here's what we do know.

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Washington

Washington
size

Untested Kits

5,881*

status

Testing Status

In Progress

reform

Reform Status

Limited Statewide Reform Enacted

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Vermont

Vermont
size

Untested Kits

58*

status

Testing Status

Unknown

reform

Reform Status

Limited Statewide Reform Enacted

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Texas

Texas
size

Untested Kits

2,138*

status

Testing Status

In Progress

reform

Reform Status

Comprehensive Statewide Reform Enacted

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Rhode Island Forensic Biology Lab

Rhode Island Forensic Biology Lab
size

Untested Kits

6*

status

Testing Status

In Progress

reform

Reform Status

Backlog News & Events for Rhode Island Forensic Biology Lab
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Bismarck

Bismarck
size

Untested Kits

Unknown

status

Testing Status

Unknown

reform

Reform Status

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Camden

Camden
size

Untested Kits

Unknown

status

Testing Status

Unknown

reform

Reform Status

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Atlantic City

Atlantic City
size

Untested Kits

Unknown

status

Testing Status

Unknown

reform

Reform Status

Map Key

No Statewide Reform Statewide Reform Proposed
Statewide Audit Completed Limited Statewide Reform Enacted
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These locations are part of The Accountability Project, our project to bring greater transparency and accountability around rape kit testing practices nationwide.

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About END THE BACKLOG

Our Purpose

END THE BACKLOG is an initiative of the Joyful Heart Foundation to shine a light on the backlog of untested rape kits throughout the United States. Our goal is to end this injustice by conducting groundbreaking research identifying the extent of the nation’s backlog and best practices for eliminating it, expanding the national dialogue on rape kit testing through increased public awareness, engaging communities and government agencies and officials, and advocating for comprehensive rape kit reform legislation and policies at the local, state, and federal levels. We urge you to learn more about the backlog, where it exists, and why it matters. We invite you to take action and support efforts to test rape kits. Help us send the message that we must take rape seriously.

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Featured Information

When tested, DNA is one of the most powerful tools we have to solve and prevent crime. Read more about it here.

 

As communities have begun to test rape kits, the question has remained of how to re-engage survivors whose cases are often years—sometimes decades—old. Read more about victim notification.

 

Every state has a codified set of legal rights for crime victims, often called a "victims’ bill of rights." Learn about these rights here.

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