The Backlog:

Rhode Island

In February 2015, legislation was introduced that would require all law enforcement agencies to conduct an inventory of untested sexual assault kits. The bill has passed the Senate and now awaits action from the full House.

We do not know the extent of the backlog in Rhode Island. Like most states, Rhode Island does not require its law enforcement agencies to track or count rape kits, making it difficult to know the extent of the rape kit backlog here. However a growing number of states, all across the country, are making real reforms to end the backlog. This can happen in Rhode Island, too. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

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