Birmingham 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 Birmingham.
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.
According to the Birmingham Police Department, there were at least 2,100 rape kits in storage in 2009. The PD did not know, however, whether or not the kits had been tested.
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