In September 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance announced the City of Fayetteville was awarded $363,090 in funding to address its backlog through testing kits, investigating and prosecuting cases and re-engaging survivors. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department also received funding from the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.
We do not know the extent of the backlog in North Carolina—there is only information about the backlog at the local level, which is posted below. Like most states, North Carolina 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 North Carolina, too. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.
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In 2006, after Attorney General Roy Cooper pushed to have rape kits held by local law enforcement agencies screened and analyzed, the State Bureau of Investigations looked at 6,200 untested rape kits and found 514 that had evidence that could yield DNA samples.
Through The Accountability Project, we have discovered a backlog of 1,019 untested rape kits in Charlotte and are using public records requests to bring the number of untested kits in Durham and Raleigh to light.
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