Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:




Bakersfield 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. Based on data provided, Bakersfield Police Department (BPD) received a total of 1,165 rape kits between 2003 and 2017, and submitted just 48% of these kits to the lab for testing, leaving a backlog of 607 untested rape kits. BPD stated that data provided includes rape kits collected from all offenses, including homicides.

On January 1, 2016, a law encouraging law enforcement to submit all newly collected rape kits for testing went into effect in California. According to the information provided by BPD, the agency is following the encouragement of the law. Learn more about our process.


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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