Missouri

Backlog Snapshot

Missouri
Untested Kits:

5,424*

Testing:

In Progress

Does Missouri...
Inventory untested rape kits?
Yes, a one-time inventory.
Test backlogged rape kits?
No, the state has not committed to testing.
Test newly collected rape kits?
No, the state has not mandated testing.
Grant victims rights to notice and be informed?
No.
Track rape kits?
Yes, tracking system in process.
Appropriate funding for rape kit reform?
No.

The extent of the untested rape kit backlog in Missouri is unknown. Missouri law does not require law enforcement agencies to count, track, or test rape kits. 

In 2014, The Accountability Project issued an open records request to bring the number of untested rape kits in Kansas City and St. Louis to light. Through this request, we uncovered a backlog of 1,324 untested kits in Kansas City, and learned that the St. Louis Police Department Crime Laboratory screened or otherwise processed nearly all rape kits between 2004 and 2014.

In 2015, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office awarded the Kansas City Missouri Board of Police Commissioners $337,197 to test 490 rape kits.

In November 2017, following media reports, Attorney General Josh Hawley announced a thorough inventory of unprocessed rape kits statewide. In May 2018, the inventory report revealed that 4,889 rape kits in Missouri have not been submitted for DNA testing.

In 2018, Missouri legislators enacted a law requiring the state to develop procedures for gathering, transmitting, and storing rape kits. The procedures must require law enforcement to take possession of the kit within 14 days of notification and to submit the kits to a lab within 14 days of taking possession. Law enforcement will secure a kit for a period of 30 years if the offense has not been adjudicated. Also under this law, the Office of the Attorney General will establish protocols to implement a rape kit tracking system that allows survivors access to monitor the current status of their kit.

Also in 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) awarded the Missouri Office of the Attorney General $2,871,423 million to test kits, investigate and prosecute cases, and re-engage survivors. 

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