We do not know the extent of the backlog in Pennsylvania. Like most states, Pennsylvania does not require its law enforcement agencies to track or count rape kits, but State Representative Brendan Boyle has introduced legislation that would change that. The bill, which passed the House in a 195-0 vote, would require law enforcement agencies to conduct an inventory of the untested kits in their facilities within six months. Each agency would then have one year to submit those kits for testing. Testing of all those kits would have to be complete within 3 years. Going forward, each agency would be required to conduct an annual inventory of its untested kits.
As to newly collected rape kits, a law enforcement agency would be required to take possession of a kit within 72 hours of receiving notice from a health care facility. Within 15 days of receiving the kit, law enforcement would have to submit it for testing. The lab would be required to complete the analysis of the kit within six months.
As we have seen in the three states—Colorado, Illinois and Texas—that have enacted similar legislation, such reforms allow us to have a more accurate picture of the backlog. This can happen in Pennsylvania, too. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.
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