We do not know the extent of the backlog in Iowa, however, a new law will soon change that. HF2420, which requires a statewide audit, was signed into law on March 30 by Governor Terry Branstad. The Attorney General’s Office announced in February 2016 that the state has at least 1,500 untested kits.
In September 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance announced the Iowa Department of Justice was awarded $2,000,000 in funding to address its backlog through testing kits, investigating and prosecuting cases, and re-engaging with victims.
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As of early 2013, there were 671 untested rape kits in the evidence room at the Davenport Police Department, and some dated as far back as the 1990s. Of the 47 kits the Department received in 2012, only 8 were sent to the state crime lab, and in 2011, only 12 of the 64 kits collected were sent for testing. According to the Department, some of the untested kits are from cases in which the survivor did not report the rape.
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