Portland

Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:

1,931*

Testing:

In Progress

*As reported by KGW in May 2015

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Portland is one of the cities where we are using public records requests to uncover the number of untested rape kits in police storage as part of The Accountability Project. In May 2015, Portland announced that they have a backlog of 1,931 untested kits. Over the last 30 years, only 39 percent of rape kits collected by Portland police were ever submitted to a lab.

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office awarded the City of Portland $1,189,790 and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office $1,995,453 in funding to test kits, investigate and prosecute cases, and re-engage survivors. In 2016, the BJA awarded the City of Portland an additional $1,000,000 to sustain this work.

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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