The Backlog:


In September 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance announced the Mobile Police Department was awarded $828,203 in funding to address its backlog through testing kits, investigating and prosecuting cases and re-engaging survivors.

We do not know the extent of the backlog in Alabama—there is only information about the backlog at the local level, which is posted below. Like most states, Alabama does not require its law enforcement agencies to track or count rape kits, making it difficult to know the extent of the rape kit backlog here. However a growing number of states, all across the country, are making real reforms to end the backlog. This can happen in Alabama, too. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

  • Backlog Status

Testing Status Unknown
  • Reform Status

Tracking Testing Victim Notification
No Known Reform
Reform in Progress
Partial Reform
Complete Reform
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In addition to what we know about the backlog in Birmingham, there is also information about the backlog from other jurisdictions in the state. Officers with the Mobile Police Department told reporters in November 2013 that the Department lacked the personnel needed to count the untested rape kits in its custody. 

Through The Accountability Project, we are using public records request to bring the current number of untested kits in Birmingham to light. 

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