Does Georgia law require...
An Audit of Untested Rape Kits?
Yes – Annual
Tracking of Rape Kits?
Testing of all backlogged rape kits?
Testing of all rape kits in the future?
Victims to be notified of the status of their cases?
Funding for testing kits?
The extent of the untested rape kit backlog in Georgia is unknown. In 2016, Georgia enacted a law requiring the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Division of Forensic Services to conduct an annual audit of untested rape kits across the state, with the first audit report to be published in December 2016. In August 2016, the state crime lab issued a preliminary report of at least 3,500 untested kits in police custody across the state. Georgia law does not require law enforcement agencies to track rape kits.
In 2014, The Accountability Project issued a public records request to bring the number of untested kits in Atlanta to light. To date, we have not received a complete response to this request. In 2015, a CBS 46 investigation uncovered more than 2,000 untested rape kits at Grady Hospital in the Atlanta metro area.
In 2015, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office awarded the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (GCJCC) $1,999,982 to test 3,108 kits.
In 2016, 200 untested rape kits collected from child victims were found at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
The 2016 law also requires hospitals to notify police of rape kit collection; law enforcement to collect kits from hospitals within 96 hours of notification; and police to deliver kits to the state crime lab within 30 days of collection. In addition, the law requires that law enforcement agencies document all untested kits in police storage and submit this information to the lab. It also mandates that untested kits in hospital storage be collected by police and submitted to the lab for testing.
In 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Justice awarded the GCJCC $1,487,656 to implement an evidence management program to inventory, track, and report untested and unsubmitted rape kits.
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