The Backlog:

Florida

The Florida Senate has included $300,000 for the Department of Law Enforcement to conduct a statewide audit in its proposed budget for 2016. FDLE would be required to shall submit a report of its findings, including reasons for delays in analysis not later than Jan. 1, 2016, to the Governor, Senate and House. The Florida legislature will reconvene for a special session in June to continue work on the state budget.

We do not know the extent of the backlog in Florida—there is only information about the backlog at the local level, which is posted below. Like most states, Florida 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 a growing number of states, all across the country, are making real reforms to end the backlog. This can happen in Florida, too. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

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Testing
Testing Status Unknown
Resolved
Unknown
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  • Reform Status

Tracking Testing Victim Notification
No Known Reform
Reform in Progress
Partial Reform
Complete Reform
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In late 2013, the Hollywood Police Department announced that they had discovered a backlog of 94 untested rape kits dating back to 2005. Of those kits, 24 were immediately sent to a crime lab for testing and as of June 2014, an additional 13 kits had been tested as well.

Through The Accountability Project, we are using public records requests to bring the number of untested kits in Jacksonville and Miami to light.

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