The Backlog:


We do not know the extent of the backlog in Maryland. Like most states, Maryland does not currently require its law enforcement agencies to track or count rape kits, but legislation now pending in the Maryland House of Delegates would change that. The bill would require each law enforcement agency to report the total number of untested rape kits in its custody to the Governor's Office on April 1 of every year.

HB 1341 would also require health care providers who conduct rape kit examinations to provide survivors with contact information for the relevant law enforcement agency. When an agency receives a request from a survivor for information about the status of the kit, they must respond within 30 days with the status and any results of analysis. 

As we have seen in the three states—Colorado, Illinois and Texas—that have enacted similar legislation, such reforms allow us to have a more accurate picture of the backlog. This can happen in Maryland, too. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from your elected officials.

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