The Backlog:


We do not know the extent of the backlog in Minnesota—there is only information about the backlog at the local level, which you can see below. Like most states, Minnesota does not require its law enforcement agencies to track or count rape kits. In fact, just three states do—Colorado, Illinois and Texas—and because of the reforms these states have implemented, we now have a more accurate picture of the backlog there. This can happen in Minnesota, too. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

In February 2015, legislation (HF-1140, SF-1081) was introduced that would mandate the statewide audit of all untested rape kits. SF-1081 has passed the Senate and is now awaits action from the House.

  • Backlog Status

Testing Status Unknown
  • Reform Status

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In 2009, Hennepin County received a two-year grant from the Justice Department to review cold cases with DNA evidence dating back to 1991. In all, 9,347 rape cases were reviewed, and 574 previously untested rape kits were sent for testing, resulting in 195 matches in the DNA database.

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