South Carolina

Backlog Snapshot

South Carolina
Untested Kits:

Unknown

Testing:

Unknown

Does South Carolina...
Inventory untested rape kits?
No statewide inventory.
Test backlogged rape kits?
No, the state has not committed to testing.
Test newly collected rape kits?
No, the state has not mandated testing.
Grant victims rights to notice and be informed?
No.
Track rape kits?
No tracking system exists.
Appropriate funding for rape kit reform?
No.

The extent of the untested rape kit backlog in South Carolina is unknown. South Carolina law does not require law enforcement agencies to count, track, or test rape kits. 

In 2015, The Accountability Project issued an open records request to bring the number of untested kits in Charleston to light. Through our efforts, we have learned that the Charleston Police Department submitted 76% of all rape kits received between 2006 and 2015. As of October 2016, CPD reported 88 untested kits. 

In 2018, legislators introduced a bill that would require law enforcement to count and submit backlogged rape kits for testing, mandate submission and testing of all newly collected rape kits, and require the creation of a statewide tracking system, which must offer secure electronic access for victims. This bill failed to pass.

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