Does Kansas law require...
An Audit of Untested Rape Kits?
Tracking of Rape Kits?
Testing of all backlogged rape kits?
Testing of all rape kits in the future?
Victims to be notified of the status of their cases?
Funding for testing kits?
Kansas law does not require law enforcement agencies to count, track, or test rape kits. In 2017, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) completed a thorough audit of all law enforcement agencies statewide and identified 2,220 untested rape kits statewide. As of March 2017, approximately 1,200 of these kits have been submitted to a forensic lab.
In 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance awarded KBI $2,000,000 to test kits, investigate and prosecute cases, and re-engage survivors.
In 2017, Kansas legislators introduced a bill that would require all law enforcement agencies report the number and status of kits they have in storage to KBI and the Attorney General. The bill also requires KBI and the Attorney General to prepare a one-time report of the number of untested kits stored statewide, the date each such kit was collected, and a plan for addressing the backlog of untested kits. The report must be sent to legislative leaders before the first day of the 2018 legislative session.
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