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. FDLE will be required to shall submit a report of its findings, including reasons for delays in analysis not later than Jan. 1, 2016, to the Governor, Senate and House. 

While this law 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.

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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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