The Backlog:

San Francisco

In 2010, San Francisco enacted a city ordinance requiring the testing of all rape kits. In 2013, local reporters discovered, however, that the police department did not go back and test kits from before the ordinance took effect. There were 196 untested kits from 2009 and 2010.

The department then conducted an audit to determine whether there were untested kits from before 2009. In total, the audit uncovered 753 untested rape kits dating from 2003 to 2013. The audit also revealed "several thousand" older kits that the Department refuses to test because the statute of limitations has passed in those cases. In December 2014, the SFPD reported that all of the 753 kits had been sent to a private lab for testing.

Going forward, the department has changed its policy from testing a newly collected kit only when the suspect is unknown to testing all kits. 

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