Atlanta

Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:

2,225*

Testing:

In Progress

*Partial count of kits identified at Athens-Clarke County Police Department, Cobb County Police Department, Grady Memorial Hospital, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

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Atlanta 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

After we issued our records request to Atlanta Police Department (APD) in 2014, a CBS 46 investigation found more than 2,000 untested rape kits in the Atlanta metro area in 2015. Athens-Clarke County Police Department found 159 untested kits dating back to 1993, Cobb County Police Department found 365 untested kits dating back to the 1970s, and Grady Memorial Hospital identified 1,490 untested kits in storage. In 2016, 211 untested pediatric rape kits were found at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. APD did not fully respond to our records request. After the CBS 46 investigation and other media coverage of the issue, we did not reissue our request.

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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