Santa Cruz

Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:




Santa Cruz 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. The Santa Cruz Police Department (SCPD) provided a list of kits in inventory without collection date or testing status. In subsequent communication, the Deputy City Attorney stated that identifying collection date and testing status for these kits "would require a manual search of these case reports." Despite our efforts, we were unable to obtain complete information about the backlog in Santa Cruz.

On January 1, 2016, a law encouraging law enforcement to submit all newly collected rape kits for testing went into effect in California. From the information provided by SCPD, it is not possible to determine whether the agency is 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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