H.B. 200, which has now passed both houses of the Utah state legislature, mandates the testing of all rape kits, requires annual reporting on the processing of rape kits, and authorizes the development of a statewide kit tracking system with a victim portal.
The Salt Lake City Police Department recently launched the “Code R Kit Project” to review the more than 700 untested rape kits in its custody, the oldest kit being from 1987.
Over the past several weeks, the colors of the ENDTHEBACKLOG map, which demonstrates everything we currently know about the rape kit backlog nationwide, have been changing.
Earlier this month, The Salt Lake Tribune reported backlogs in several jurisdictions in Utah and at the state crime lab.