On March 24, 2016, Georgia joined the growing list of states embracing rape kit reform. The bill passed unanimously by the House and then was absorbed by another bill in the Senate where it also passed unanimously.
Georgia's new legislation sets guidelines for rape kit testing and mandates law enforcement to submit rape kits for testing within 30 days of pickup from the hospital, requires all previously untested rape kits to be submitted for testing by August 2016, and addresses lab accountability by mandating reporting on the number of rape kits in their inventory.
We do not currently know the full size of the rape kit backlog in Georgia. However, a partial count completed in 2015 revealed at least 3,108 untested kits.
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