Philadelphia 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 the Philadelphia Police Department currently has a policy to test all kits that are collected and taken into custody. To learn more about our process, click here.
In September 2015, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office announced the City of Philadelphia Police Department was awarded $419,788 in funding to test 600 rape kits.
Right now, there is more we do not know about the backlog than we do know because few state governments and no federal agencies require law enforcement to track rape kit data. For that reason, we have undertaken The Accountability Project to bring greater transparency and accountability around rape kit testing practices nationwide.
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