The Backlog:


We do not know the extent of the backlog in Maryland. Like most states, Maryland does not require its law enforcement agencies to track or count rape kits. In fact, just three states do—Colorado, Illinois and Texas—and because of the reforms these states have implemented, we now have a more accurate picture of the backlog there. This can happen in Maryland, too. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from your elected officials.

On February 7, 2014, Maryland Delegate Heather Mizeur introduced legislation that would require each law enforcement agency to report the total number of untested rape kits in its custody to the Governor's Office on April 1 of every year. HB 1341 would also require health care providers who conduct rape kit examinations to provide the survivor with contact information for the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over her or his case. When an agency receives a request from a survivor for information about the status of the kit, they would have to respond within 30 days with the status and any results of analysis. Unfortunately, the bill did not pass before the end of the legislative session. 

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