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. 

We do not know the extent of the backlog in Minnesota—there is only information about the backlog at the local level, which is posted below. Like most states, Minnesota does not require its law enforcement agencies to track or count rape kits, making it difficult to know the extent of the rape kit backlog here. However a growing number of states, all across the country, are making real reforms to end the backlog. This can happen in Minnesota, too. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

  • Backlog Status

Testing Status Unknown
  • Reform Status

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