Georgia

Backlog Snapshot

Georgia
Untested Kits:

10,314*

Testing:

In Progress

Does Georgia law require...
An Audit of Untested Rape Kits?

Yes – Annual

Tracking of Rape Kits?

No

Testing of all backlogged rape kits?

Yes

Testing of all rape kits in the future?

Yes

Victims to be notified of the status of their cases?

No

Funding for testing kits?

No

*Count of untested kits submitted to the state lab, as reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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The extent of the untested rape kit backlog in Georgia is unknown. In 2016, Georgia enacted a law requiring the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to conduct an annual audit of untested rape kits across the state, and required law enforcement agencies to submit all previously untested rape kits to the GBI for testing. In January 2017, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that 10,314 kits were awaiting testing at the GBI. 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. After we issued our records request, a CBS 46 investigation found more than 2,000 untested rape kits in the Atlanta metro area in 2015. Athens-Clarke County Police Department found 159 untested kits dating back to 1993, Cobb County Police Department found 365 untested kits dating back to the 1970s, and Grady Memorial Hospital identified 1,490 untested kits in storage. In 2016, 211 untested pediatric rape kits were found at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. APD did not fully respond to our records request. After the CBS 46 investigation and other media coverage of the issue, we did not reissue our request.

In 2015, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office awarded the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (GCJCC) $1,999,982 to test 3,108 kits. 

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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