On March 24, 2016, Georgia joined the growing list of states embracing rape kit reform. The bill passed unanimously by the House and then was absorbed by another bill in the Senate where it also passed unanimously.
Georgia's new legislation sets guidelines for rape kit testing and mandates law enforcement to submit rape kits for testing within 30 days of pickup from the hospital, requires all previously untested rape kits to be submitted for testing by August 2016, and addresses lab accountability by mandating reporting on the number of rape kits in their inventory.
We do not currently know the full size of the rape kit backlog in Georgia. However, the District Attorney's Office of New York awarded nearly $2 million to the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to test kits in 2015 and that same year, they completed a partial count which revealed at least 3,108 untested kits.
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