Colorado

Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:

3,542*

Testing:

Completed

Does Colorado...
Inventory untested rape kits?
Yes, a one-time inventory.
Test backlogged rape kits?
Yes, all backlogged kits have been tested.
Test newly collected rape kits?
Yes, all newly collected kits are being tested.
Grant victims rights to notice and be informed?
No.
Track rape kits?
No tracking system exists.
Appropriate funding for rape kit reform?
Yes, one-time.

*According to a 2015 audit, as cited by the Denver Post

Learn more about how we track reform

In 2013, Colorado enacted a law that required all law enforcement agencies to report the number of untested rape kits in their possession to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI). In 2015, CBI reported 3,542 untested rape kits across Colorado. Colorado law does not require law enforcement agencies to track rape kits.

The 2013 law also required the testing of all previously untested kits within 120 days of enactment and that law enforcement send new kits for testing within 21 days. In addition, Colorado legislators appropriated $6,351,002 in new funding to clear the state’s backlog of untested kits.

In 2016, the state lab announced it had processed all 3,542 backlogged rape kits, resulting in 1,556 DNA profiles generated and 691 matches to profiles of convicted felons or samples from other cases. 

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