Kentucky

Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:

874*

Testing:

In Progress

Does Kentucky law require...
An Audit of Untested Rape Kits?

Yes – One-Time

Tracking of Rape Kits?

No

Testing of all backlogged rape kits?

Yes

Testing of all rape kits in the future?

Yes

Victims to be notified of the status of their cases?

Yes

Funding for testing kits?

Yes

*Based on progress reports updated weekly by the KY backlog task force

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In 2015, Kentucky enacted a law requiring a one-time statewide audit of untested rape kits. In 2015, the state auditor announced at least 3,090 untested rape kits across the state: 1,859 untested kits in 87 law enforcement agencies and 1,231 untested kits at the Kentucky State Police laboratory. The Kentucky backlog task force maintains up-to-date statistics on the number of kits submitted for testing, kits tested, DNA profiles entered into databases, and DNA hits on their website. Kentucky law does not require law enforcement agencies to track rape kits.

In 2015, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office awarded the Kentucky State Police Forensic Laboratories $1,988,507 to test 3,300 rape kits.

In 2016, Kentucky enacted a law requiring law enforcement agencies to collect rape kits within five days and submit the rape kits to the lab within 30 days. The law requires faster lab analysis time: 90 days by 2018 and 60 days by 2020; mandates that all law enforcement agencies in the state have trained sexual assault personnel on staff; and requires the state lab and the Kentucky Sexual Assault Response Team Advisory Council to report annually on the status of rape kit testing. The law also requires victims to be notified of the progress of their rape kit testing, whether the resulting DNA profile matched to another profile in the DNA database, and if the rape kit is going to be destroyed.  

In 2016, Kentucky legislators appropriated $4,500,000 in funding to test backlogged kits.

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