Shasta County

Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:




Shasta County is one of the jurisdictions where we are using public records requests to uncover the number of untested rape kits in law enforcement storage as part of The Accountability Project. Shasta County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) indicated they do not possess documentation of the number of rape kits collected, submitted for testing, or not submitted for testing. As such, we are unable to determine the extent of the backlog in Shasta County. Learn more about our process.

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 SCSO, it is not possible to determine whether the agency is following the encouragement of the law.


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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