The Backlog:

Minnesota

In May 2015, Governor Mark Dayton signed a public safety budget bill that requires law enforcement agencies to conduct an audit of untested rape kits in their evidence facilities and report a plan for testing. Law enforcement agencies must turn in their findings to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) by August 1st, 2015, and then BCA will present their final report to the Minnesota Attorney General by December 1st, 2015.

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

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In 2009, Hennepin County received a two-year grant from the Justice Department to review cold cases with DNA evidence dating back to 1991. In all, 9,347 rape cases were reviewed, and 574 previously untested rape kits were sent for testing, resulting in 195 matches in the DNA database.

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