The Backlog:


We do not know the extent of the backlog in Maryland. Like most states, Maryland does not require its law enforcement agencies to track or count rape kits. In fact, just three states do—Colorado, Illinois and Texas—and because of the reforms these states have implemented, we now have a more accurate picture of the backlog there. This can happen in Maryland, too. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from your elected officials.

In February 2015, legislation (HB-462, SB-498) was introduced that would mandate a statewide audit of untested rape kits. The legislation was passed by both the House and the Senate and was signed into law by the Governor on April 14th, 2015. Additional legislation has also been passed to establish a victim's right to notification as to the status of their rape kit. 

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Testing Status Unknown
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Tracking Testing Victim Notification
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