Boston

Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:

Unknown

Testing:

Unknown

Boston 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. Boston Police Department (BPD) stated that all kits received are submitted to the BPD crime lab for testing, although testing may be halted upon officer request (if, for instance, a survivor is deemed “uncooperative.”) Although BPD indicated they received 882 rape kits into evidence between 2009 and 2013, it is unclear how many of these kits were halted after being submitted to the lab. 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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