Philadelphia

Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:

600*

Testing:

In Progress

*This figure is a partial count of the total rape kit backlog, based on funding awarded by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office

See What's Happening in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia is one of the cities where we are using public records requests to uncover the number of untested rape kits in police storage. Through our efforts, we have learned that the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) currently has a policy to test all kits that are collected and taken into custody. To learn more about our process, click here.

VIEW THE PUBLIC RECORDS RESPONSE

In 2015, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office awarded the PPD $419,788 in funding to test 600 rape kits. In 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance awarded the City of Philadelphia – Police $910,945 to fund the analysis of untested rape kits.

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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