Minnesota

Backlog Snapshot

Minnesota
Untested Kits:

3,482*

Testing:

In Progress

Does Minnesota...
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?
Legislation pending.
Track rape kits?
No tracking system exists.
Appropriate funding for rape kit reform?
No.

In 2015, Minnesota enacted a law requiring the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) to complete a one-time audit untested rape kits. In the same year, the BCA announced that 171 police agencies had 3,482 untested rape kits. Minnesota 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 the Duluth Police Department $1,011,096 to test kits, investigate and prosecute cases, and re-engage survivors.

In 2016, the BJA awarded the City of Duluth $444,152. In 2017, the BJA awarded the City of Duluth an additional $626,835 to test the remainder of their backlogged kits, improve efficiency of DNA analysis techniques, and support the investigation of backlog-related cases.

In 2017, Minnesota legislators introduced a bill that would require prompt submission of newly collected rape kits and establish victims' right to information about their kits, but this bill failed to pass. 

In 2018, Minnesota legislators introduced legislation that would grant victims the right to notice regarding rape kit testing status, increase evidence retention protections, and strengthening submission requirements for some kits.

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