We do not know the extent of the backlog in Virginia—there is only information about the backlog at the local level, which you can see below. In April 2014, the Virginia state legislature passed legislation that could change that.
The legislation requires law enforcement agencies to conduct and report an inventory of the untested kits in their custody to the Department of Forensic Science. The Department is then to submit a report to the General Assembly summarizing the results of the statewide inventory on or before July 1, 2015. The bill also states that its provisions will not take effect unless the General Assembly makes an appropriation to fund the legislation's requirements.
While this law will allow us to have a more accurate picture of the backlog in Virginia, the legislature must take additional steps to provide survivors with greater access to justice, including requiring the testing of all rape kits booked into evidence. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.
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In November 2013, an 8News investigation uncovered 75 rape kits sitting in the evidence room at the Richmond Police Department and 125 kits at the Chesterfield County Police Department. The Henrico County Police Division was unable to provide an inventory of untested kits in its custody.
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