Montana

Backlog Snapshot

Montana
Untested Kits:

Counting in Progress

Testing:

Unknown

Does Montana law require...
An Audit of Untested Rape Kits?

No

Tracking of Rape Kits?

No

Testing of all backlogged rape kits?

No

Testing of all rape kits in the future?

No

Victims to be notified of the status of their cases?

No

Funding for testing kits?

No

The extent of the untested rape kit backlog in Montana is unknown. Montana law does not require law enforcement agencies to count, track, or test rape kits. 

In 2015, The Accountability Project issued an open records request to bring the number of untested kits in Billings to light. In 2016, we learned that Billings Police Department tested nearly all of their rape kits from 2006 to 2015.  

In 2015, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced that his office established a task force to examine the backlog of untested rape kits in Montana. The task force is responsible for examining the number, dates collected, and status of untested rape kits in Montana law enforcement agencies, and identifying the kits that need to be tested. The group is responsible for seeking funding opportunities and developing policies for rape kit testing. It is unclear when this report will be released to the public. 

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