Kansas City is one of the cities where we are using public records requests to uncover the number of untested rape kits in police storage. Through our efforts, we have learned that, as of May 2015, the Kansas City Police Department has a backlog of 1,324 untested kits. To learn more about our process, click here.
In 2015, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office awarded the Kansas City Missouri Board of Police Commissioners was awarded $337,197 to test 490 rape kits.
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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