As reported by the Springfield Police in January 2016
Springfield 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. Through our efforts, we have learned that Springfield submitted 93% of all kits received to the lab for testing between 2005 and 2015. As of January 2016, the Springfield Police Department reported 43 untested kits in storage. To learn more about our process, click here.
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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