The Backlog:

West Virginia

In September 2015, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office announced the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory was awarded $1,763,281 in funding to test 2,400 rape kits. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance announced the Division on Justice and Community Services was awarded $1,170,800 in funding to address its backlog through testing kits, investigating and prosecuting cases and re-engaging survivors.

We do not know the extent of the backlog in West Virginia. Like most states, West Virginia does not require its law enforcement agencies to track or count rape kits, making it difficult to know the extent of the rape kit backlog here. However a growing number of states, all across the country, are making real reforms to end the backlog. This can happen in West Virginia, too. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

  • Backlog Status

Partially Counted
In Testing
Not Cleared

*This figure is a partial count of the total rape kit backlog, based on funding awarded by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

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