Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:



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As reported by the Rochester Police in October 2016

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Rochester 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.

Through our efforts, we have learned that the Rochester Police Department (RPD) submitted 89% of all rape kits received between 2005 and 2015 to the lab for testing. As of October 2016, RPD reported 153 untested kits, which are being incrementally submitted to a federal lab for testing. To learn more about our process, click here


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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