Iowa

Backlog Snapshot

Iowa
Untested Kits:

4,265*

Testing:

Unknown

Does Iowa law require...
An Audit of Untested Rape Kits?

Yes – One-Time

Tracking of Rape Kits?

No

Testing of all backlogged rape kits?

No

Testing of all rape kits in the future?

No

Victims to be notified of the status of their cases?

No

Funding for testing kits?

No

In 2016, Iowa enacted a law requiring the Iowa Department of Justice to conduct a statewide audit of untested rape kits. In March 2017, the Attorney General reported at least 4,265 untested kits in storage across Iowa, some dating back to 1992. Iowa law does not require law enforcement agencies to track or test rape kits. 

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) awarded $2,000,000 to the Iowa Department of Justice to test kits, investigate and prosecute cases, and re-engage survivors.

In 2016, the BJA awarded the Iowa Department of Justice an additional $1,000,000 to sustain this work.

In 2017, Iowa legislators amended the law to require that all backlogged kits identified in the audit be maintained indefinitely. Legislators also introduced a bill to require the prompt submission of newly collected kits, enact survivors' right to notice provisions, and establish a tracking system, but this bill failed to pass.  

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