The Backlog:


In April 2015, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation that addresses the state's backlog of untested rape kits. The legislation requires all law enforcement agencies to conduct an inventory of all untested sexual assault collection kits by January 1st, 2016, and submit a written report to the Attorney General on March 1st, 2016. Subsequently, the Attorney General will compile the reports and present the findings to the General Assembly by December 1st, 2016.

While this law will allow us to have a more accurate picture of the backlog in Maryland, 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.

In May 2015, Governor Hogan signed additional legislation that establishes a victim's right to notification as to the status of their rape kit.

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