Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:




Winston-Salem 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. We have not yet received complete data from Winston-Salem. Learn more about our process.

In February 2018, the state crime laboratory reported finding 15,160 untested rape kits in law enforcement custody across North Carolina. Winston-Salem Police Department reported 1,339 untested rape kits in this audit.

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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