Massachusetts

Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:

Unknown

Testing:

Unknown

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

No

Tracking of Rape Kits?

No

Testing of all backlogged rape kits?

No

Testing of all rape kits in the future?

No

Victims to be notified of the status of their cases?

No

Funding for testing kits?

No

The extent of the untested rape kit backlog in Massachusetts is unknown. Massachusetts law does not require law enforcement agencies to count, track, or test rape kits. 

In 2014, The Accountability Project issued an open records request to bring the number of untested kits in Boston to light. To date, we have not received complete information in response to this request. 

In 2015, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) requested reports from the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) crime lab and police agencies about the number of untested rape kits in their inventory. Only 75 of 351 municipal police departments and the MSP lab submitted reports, and 83% of the police departments that submitted reports reported zero untested kits in their inventory. The ten largest police departments in Massachusetts either did not submit reports or reported zero untested kits in the audit.

In 2016, Massachusetts enacted a law requiring hospitals to notify survivors that, regardless of whether or not they choose to report the crime, their rape kits will be preserved for 15 years. The law also requires all government entities to preserve kits for the duration of the statute of limitations or at least 15 years.

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