Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:



In Progress

Tucson 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 July 2015, USA Today reported that the Tuscon Police Department (TPD) had a rape kit backlog of 1,849 untested kits. TPD verified this number through correspondence with ENDTHEBACKLOG, and stated that these kits date back to 1999. To learn more about our process, click here.


In September 2015, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office awarded the TPD Crime Lab (DNA Unit) $1,038,000 in funding to test 1,200 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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