Baltimore

Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:

Unknown

Testing:

Unknown

Baltimore is one of the cities where we used public records requests to uncover the number of untested rape kits in police storage as part of The Accountability Project. In response to our request, Joyful Heart received contradictory information from the Baltimore Police Department and the Baltimore Police Department Crime Lab. In August 2016, the Department of Justice found that, between 2010 and 2014, the Baltimore Police Department tested rape kits in just 15% of sexual assault cases, and otherwise systematically failed sexual assault survivors. To learn more about our process, click here.

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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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