Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:



In Progress

During the summer of 2013, the City of Memphis announced that it had a backlog of 12,164 untested rape kits. That fall, former Mayor AC Wharton issued an executive order instructing the police to develop a plan for clearing the backlog as quickly as possible and to provide monthly progress reports. The City is working to pull together resources and estimates it will cost approximately $6.5 million to clear the backlog entirely through testing at a private lab. In September 2014, the Memphis Police Department (MPD) found an additional 200 untested kits dating back to 1976.

In 2015, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) announced the City of Memphis (Division of Police Services) was awarded $1,995,000 and $1,909,124, respectively, for a total of $3,904,124 in funding to address its backlog through testing kits, investigating and prosecuting cases and re-engaging survivors. In 2017, the BJA awarded the City of Memphis an additional $1,071,394 to sustain this work.

As of December 2017, 12,162 kits have been analyzed or are at the laboratory awaiting testing. As a result, MPD has opened 2,612 investigations and 270 requests for indictment have been issued. 


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