We do not know the extent of the backlog in Utah—there is only information about the backlog at the local level, which you can see below. Like most states, Utah does not require its law enforcement agencies to track or count rape kits. In fact, just three states do—Colorado, Illinois and Texas—and because of the reforms these states have implemented, we now have a more accurate picture of the backlog there. This can happen in Utah, too. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.
Legislation currently pending in Utah would amend the state's victim's bill of rights to include: the right to be informed whether a DNA profile was obtained from testing rape kit evidence, whether a DNA profile was developed, whether the DNA profile was uploaded into the DNA database, and whether the profile matched another in the database, provided that disclosure would not impede the investigation. Law enforcement is not required to convey this information unless the survivor or a designee specifically requests it.
House Bill 157 would also require law enforcement agencies to notify survivors when they do not intend to analyze rape kit evidence in cases where the perpetrator is unknown. When law enforcement intends to destroy rape kit evidence, they would be required to send a written notification of the intention, no fewer than 60 days prior to the destruction, and include information on how to appeal that decision.
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On January 1, 2014, The Salt Lake Tribune reported backlogs of untested rape kits in several jurisdictions in Utah. West Valley City has at least 124 untested rape kits in police storage facilities, which will take more than two years to test at the state crime lab. The Unified Police Department has between 50 and 100 untested rape kits—the oldest one collected in a 20-year-old case.
The Tribune also reports that at the Utah State Crime Lab, 97 rape kits await analysis.
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