The Backlog:

Florida

In June 2015, Governor Rick Scott signed a budget bill that includes $300,000 for the Department of Law Enforcement to conduct a statewide audit of untested rape kits in its budget bill for 2016. In 2016, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement released the findings of that audit: 13,435 untested rape kits across 279 police storage facilities in Florida. 

In September 2015, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office announced the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was awarded $1,268,540 in funding to test 2,076 rape kits and the Tallahassee Police Department was awarded $163,939 in funding to test 225 rape kits. The Miami-Dade Police Department also received funding through the initiative. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance announced the State Attorney's Office (4th Judicial Circuit) was awarded $1,968,822 in funding to address its backlog through testing kits, investigating and prosecuting cases and re-engaging victims.

While this law and funding will allow us to have a more accurate picture of the backlog in Florida, the legislature must take additional steps to provide survivors with greater access to justice, including requiring the testing of all rape kits booked into evidence. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

  • Backlog Status

Count
Counting Complete
Testing
In Testing
Resolved
Not Cleared
Size
13,435*

*As reported by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in January 2016

  • Reform Status

Tracking Testing Victim Notification
No Known Reform
Reform in Progress
Partial Reform
Complete Reform
  • Additional Information

In late 2013, the Hollywood Police Department announced that they had discovered a backlog of 94 untested rape kits dating back to 2005. Of those kits, 24 were immediately sent to a crime lab for testing and as of June 2014, an additional 13 kits had been tested as well.

Through The Accountability Project, we have discovered a backlog of 1,943 untested rape kits in Jacksonville. Additionally, we are using public records requests to bring the number of untested kits in Miami to light.

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