Long Beach

Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:




Long Beach 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. Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) provided a table showing a total of 1,657 rape kits collected between July 1993 and August 2017. It was not clear how many of these kits were submitted to a lab for testing, and LBPD did not provide clarification. Because of this incomplete information, we have been unable to determine the extent of the backlog in Long Beach.

On January 1, 2016, a law encouraging law enforcement to submit all newly collected rape kits for testing went into effect in California. From the information provided by LBPD, it is not possible to determine whether 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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