Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:




Oxnard is one of the cities where we are using public records requests to uncover the number of untested rape kits in police storage as part of The Accountability Project. Based on data provided, Oxnard Police Department (OPD) received 490 rape kits between 1997 and mid-2017, and submitted 77.8% of these kits for testing. 88 kits were not sent to the lab, and 21 kits are unaccounted for in the data we received. OPD did not respond to our follow-up efforts.

On January 1, 2016, a law encouraging law enforcement to submit all newly collected rape kits for testing went into effect in California. According to the information provided by OPD, the agency is not following the encouragement of the law. Learn more about our process.


Right now, we do not know the full extent of the national rape kit backlog because few states require law enforcement agencies to count, track, or test rape kits. The Accountability Project aims to bring greater transparency and accountability to rape kit testing practices across the country.

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