Delaware

Backlog Snapshot

Delaware
Untested Kits:

1,033*

Testing:

In Progress

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

In 2015, Delaware enacted a law requiring the state’s Department of Justice to conduct a one-time audit of untested rape kits. In 2016, the Delaware Criminal Justice Council found 1,033 untested kits in 22 police departments across the state. Seventeen departments reported not having any untested rape kits in storage. Delaware law does not require law enforcement agencies to track or test rape kits.

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) awarded $1,168,662 to the Delaware Governor’s office to test kits, investigate, and prosecute cases, and re-engage survivors. In 2018, BJA awarded the Delaware Governor's office an additional $1 million to sustain this work. 

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