The Backlog:

Washington

In May 2015, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a new law that requires 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 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.

While these efforts will allow us to have a more accurate picture of the backlog in Washington, the legislature must take additional steps to provide survivors with greater access to justice, including requiring the testing of all rape kits booked into evidence. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

  • Backlog Status

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

As of March 2015, as reported by The Bellingham Herald

  • Reform Status

Tracking Testing Victim Notification
No Known Reform
Reform in Progress
Partial Reform
Complete Reform
  • Additional Information

Through The Accountability Project, we discovered Seattle's backlog of 1,276 untested kits.

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