Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:



In Progress

Does Georgia...
Inventory untested rape kits?
Yes, recurring inventory.
Test backlogged rape kits?
Yes, testing in progress.
Test newly collected rape kits?
Yes, all newly collected kits are being tested.
Grant victims rights to notice and be informed?
Track rape kits?
No tracking system exists.
Appropriate funding for rape kit reform?

*Count of untested kits submitted to the state lab, as reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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In 2016, Georgia enacted a law requiring the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to conduct an annual audit of untested rape kits across the state, and required law enforcement agencies to submit all previously untested rape kits to the GBI for testing. In January 2017, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that 10,314 kits were awaiting testing at the GBI. As of April 2018, the Associated Press reported that under 2,900 kits remained. Georgia law does not require law enforcement to track rape kits.

In 2014, The Accountability Project issued a public records request to bring the number of untested kits in Atlanta to light. After we issued our records request, 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.

In 2015, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office awarded the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (GCJCC) $1,999,982 to test 3,108 kits. 

The 2016 law also requires hospitals to notify police of rape kit collection; law enforcement to collect kits from hospitals within 96 hours of notification; and police to deliver kits to the state crime lab within 30 days of collection. In addition, the law requires that law enforcement agencies document all untested kits in police storage and submit this information to the lab. It also mandates that untested kits in hospital storage be collected by police and submitted to the lab for testing. 

In 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Justice (NIJ) awarded the GCJCC $1,487,656 to implement an evidence management program to inventory, track, and report untested and unsubmitted rape kits.

In 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) awarded the GCJCC $3,000,000 to support statewide coordination of efforts to identify any remaining backlogged kits, investigate and prosecute resulting cases, and re-engage victims in the criminal justice process.

In 2018, Georgia legislators introduced a bill that would grant sexual assault survivors the right to notice regarding rape kit testing status and results. This bill failed to pass.

Also in 2018, BJA awarded the Fulton County Government $1 million to test kits, investigate and prosecute cases, and re-engage survivors. 

In 2019, Georgia enacted a law increasing the amount of time that law enforcement agencies are required to preserve certain evidence of sexual assault. Evidence must be retained for 50 years in cases in which no arrest has been made. 


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