Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:



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Albuquerque is one of the cities where we are using public records requests to uncover the number of untested rape kits in police storage as part of The Accountability Project. Through our efforts, we learned that, as of March 2015, Albuquerque Police Department (APD) reported 835 untested rape kits in storage. This number was verified by a KOAT news investigation, which reported that APD had collected 1,182 rape kits between 2007 and 2015, but only submitted 347 for testing, leaving 835 untested kits. To learn more about our process, click here.


In 2016, the State Auditor released a statewide audit report finding 3,948 untested rape kits in Albuquerque.

Right now, we do not know the full extent of the national rape kit backlog because few states require law enforcement agencies to count, track, or test rape kits. The Accountability Project aims to bring greater transparency and accountability to rape kit testing practices across the country.

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