The Backlog:


We do not yet know the extent of the backlog in Kansas, but that could soon change. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) announced in November 2014 that it is conducting an inventory to determine the number of untested rape kits in police storage facilities statewide. Once KBI identifies the extent of the state's backlog, officials will develop a plan for moving forward with testing and reforming policies and procedures.   

In September 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance announced the Kansas Bureau of Investigation was awarded $2,000,000 in funding to address its backlog through testing kits, investigating and prosecuting cases and re-engaging survivors.

While this audit will allow us to have a more accurate picture of the backlog in Kansas, the legislature must take additional steps to provide survivors with greater access to justice, including requiring the testing of all rape kits booked into evidence. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

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