Counting in Progress
Does Iowa law require...
An Audit of Untested Rape Kits?
Yes – One-Time
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 Iowa is unknown. In 2016, Iowa enacted a law requiring the Iowa Department of Justice to conduct a statewide audit of untested rape kits. That audit is underway and results are due in March of 2017. Iowa law does not require law enforcement agencies to track or test rape kits.
In 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) awarded $2,000,000 to the Iowa Department of Justice to test kits, investigate and prosecute cases, and re-engage survivors.
In 2016, the BJA awarded the Iowa Department of Justice an additional $1,000,000 to sustain this work.
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