Wisconsin

Backlog Snapshot

Wisconsin
Untested Kits:

6,006*

Testing:

In Progress

Does Wisconsin law require...
An Audit of Untested Rape Kits?

No

Tracking of Rape Kits?

No

Testing of all backlogged rape kits?

No

Testing of all rape kits in the future?

No

Victims to be notified of the status of their cases?

No

Funding for testing kits?

No

The extent of the untested rape kit backlog in Wisconsin is unknown. In 2014, the Wisconsin Attorney General’s Office conducted a one-time audit and found 6,006 untested rape kits among the 81% of agencies that responded. Wisconsin law does not require law enforcement agencies to count, track, or test rape kits.

In 2014, The Accountability Project issued an open records request to bring the number of untested kits in Milwaukee to light. Through this request, we uncovered a backlog of 2,655 untested kits (included in the 6,006 reported by the Attorney General) in Milwaukee. 

In 2015, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance awarded the Wisconsin Department of Justice a total of $3,999,967 to test 2,500 kits, investigate and prosecute cases, and re-engage survivors.

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