Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:




Redding 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, Redding Police Department (RPD) received 621 rape kits between 2000 and 2017, 167 of which have not been submitted to the lab for processing. RBD was unable to determine whether the 298 kits destroyed during this time were tested. As such, we are unable to calculate a submission rate.

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 information provided by RPD, they are 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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