The Backlog:

Rhode Island

We do not know the extent of the backlog in Rhode Island. Like many states, Rhode Island does not require its law enforcement agencies to track or count rape kits, making it difficult to know the extent of the rape kit backlog here. However, legislation recently introduced in Rhode Island could soon change that.  

In 2016, legislators in Rhode Island introduced SB-2063, which would require a statewide audit of untested rape kits. Additionally, the bill would require law enforcement agencies to submit rape kits to the crime lab within 72 hours of collection and the crime lab to complete analysis within 180 days or provide written notice of why this date cannot be met.

If passed, Rhode Island would join a growing number of states all across the country making real reforms to end the backlog.

Join us and take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

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Through The Accountability Project, we are using public records requests to bring the number of untested kits at the Rhode Island Crime Lab to light.

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