Rhode Island

Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:

Unknown

Testing:

Unknown

Does Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island is unknown. Rhode Island law does not require law enforcement agencies to count, track, or test rape kits. 

In 2015, The Accountability Project issued an open records request to bring the number of untested kits at the Rhode Island Forensic Biology Lab (FBL) to light. Through our efforts, we have learned that the FBL tested 99% of all rape kits received between 2005 and 2015 by February 2016. In Rhode Island, hospitals send non-reported or unreported kits directly to the FBL for storage. Those kits are not tested unless a survivor chooses to report their assault. The FBL reported receiving 1,507 unreported kits for storage between 2005 and 2015.

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