Does Minnesota 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?
In 2015, Minnesota enacted a law requiring the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) to complete a one-time audit untested rape kits. In the same year, the BCA announced that 171 police agencies had 3,482 untested rape kits. Minnesota 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 the Duluth Police Department $1,011,096 to test kits, investigate and prosecute cases, and re-engage survivors.*
In 2016, the BJA awarded the City of Duluth an additional $444,152 to sustain this work.
In 2017, Minnesota legislators introduced a bill requiring law enforcement agencies to pick up newly collected kits from the hospital within ten days of notification and submit these kits to the lab for testing within 60 days. The bill also requires law enforcement agencies tonotify survivors, upon written request, of the testing status of their rape kits, including testing results.
*Duluth Police Department reported 578 untested rape kits in the statewide BCA audit.
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