As reported by the Billings Police in November 2016
Billings 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 have learned that the Billings Police Department submitted 97% of all rape kits received between 2006 and 2015 to the lab for testing. As of November 2016, the Billings Police Department reported 5 untested kits in storage. To learn more about our process, click here.
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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