The Backlog:

Washington

We do not know the extent of the backlog in Washington. Like most states, Washington 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 Washington, too. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

In January 2015, legislation was introduced that would require law enforcement agencies to submit rape kits for testing within 30 days of receipt and establishes a task force to address the statewide backlog audit and develop a response plan. In April 2015, the bill passed the House and Senate and now awaits the Governor's signature to be enacted into law.

In addition, the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) is currently conducting an audit across its nearly 300 law enforcement agencies statewide, in order to uncover the number of untested rape kits in police facilities. As of March 2015, about 6,000 untested kits were reported by agencies that serve about 75% of the state's population. The aforementioned legislation could help fund testing for this backlog of untested kits.

  • Backlog Status

Count
Unknown
Testing
Testing Status Unknown
Resolved
Unknown
Size
6,000*

As of March 2015, as reported by The Bellingham Herald

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