The Backlog:


We do not know the extent of the backlog in Kentucky. Like most states, Kentucky does not require its law enforcement agencies to track or count rape kits. In fact, just three states do—Colorado, Illinois and Texas—and because of the reforms these states have implemented, we now have a more accurate picture of the backlog there. This can happen in Kentucky, too. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from your elected officials.

In March 2015, legislation that would help address the backlog of untested sexual assault kits was passed by both the House and Senate. Earlier in the year, Senator Denise Angel introduced the legislation that would require Kentucky law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies to count and examine the number of untested sexual assault examination kits in their possession, and the Auditor of Public Accounts would subsequently report the findings to the Legislative Research Commssion. The bill is currently awaiting the Governor's signature. Click here for more information on Kentucky's audit.

  • Backlog Status

Partially Counted
Testing Status Unknown
  • Reform Status

Tracking Testing Victim Notification
No Known Reform
Reform in Progress
Partial Reform
Complete Reform
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On July 29, 2014, WLKY reported that the Louisville Metro Police Department had approximately 4,700 "DNA kits" in its custody, but it was unclear how many of those kits were connected to sexual assaults and how many were untested. The Department was able to confirm that it had 350 untested rape kits dating back to 2010.

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