The Backlog:

San Francisco

In 2010, San Francisco enacted a city ordinance requiring the testing of all rape kits. In 2013, local reporters discovered, however, that the police department did not go back and test kits from before the ordinance took effect. There were 196 untested kits from 2009 and 2010.

The department then conducted an audit to determine whether there were untested kits from before 2009. In total, the audit uncovered 753 untested rape kits dating from 2003 to 2013. The department plans to send these kits to a private crime lab for testing so as to prevent another backlog at the department's lab. The audit also revealed "several thousand" older kits that the Department refuses to test because the statute of limitations has passed in those cases. 

Going forward, the department has changed its policy from testing a newly collected kit only when the suspect is unknown to testing all kits. 

For more information on reforms happening in San Francisco, click here

  • Backlog Status

Count
Partially Counted
Testing
In Testing
Resolved
Not Cleared
Size
753*

* As reported by ABC7 in February 2014, not including several thousand statute of limitations expired kits

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