The Backlog:


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. Later that year, the audit report revealed Minnesota has 3,482 untested rape kits in 171 police agencies across the state.

In September 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance announced the City of Duluth Police Department was awarded $1,011,096 in funding to address its backlog through testing kits, investigating and prosecuting cases and re-engaging survivors. In the statewide audit, Duluth reported 578 untested rape kits.

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.

  • Backlog Status

Counting Complete
In Testing
Not Cleared

*As reported by KARE 11 in November 2015

  • Reform Status

Tracking Testing Victim Notification
No Known Reform
Reform in Progress
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Complete Reform
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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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