Missouri

Backlog Snapshot

Missouri
Untested Kits:

Counting in Progress

Testing:

In Progress

Does Missouri...
Inventory untested rape kits?
Yes, a one-time inventory.
Test backlogged rape kits?
No, the state has not committed to testing.
Test newly collected rape kits?
No, the state has not mandated testing.
Grant victims rights to notice and be informed?
Legislation pending.
Track rape kits?
Legislation pending.
Appropriate funding for rape kit reform?
No.

The extent of the untested rape kit backlog in Missouri is unknown. Missouri 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 rape kits in Kansas City and St. Louis to light. Through this request, we uncovered a backlog of 1,324 untested kits in Kansas City, and learned that the St. Louis Police Department Crime Laboratory screened or otherwise processed nearly all rape kits between 2004 and 2014.

In 2015, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office awarded the Kansas City Missouri Board of Police Commissioners $337,197 to test 490 rape kits. 

In November 2017, following media reports, Attorney General Josh Hawley announced a thorough audit of unprocessed rape kits statewide. In 2018, Missouri legislators introduced bills that would grant survivors the right to be informed of changes in the status of their rape kits and create an electronic, statewide tracking system for kits.

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