ST. PETERSBURG (CBSMiami/AP) — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is releasing a survey aimed at determining the scope of the rape kit testing backlog in the state.
The FDLE released the information around 9 a.m. on Monday.
The report stated 279 local law enforcement agencies took part, representing 89 percent of Florida’s population.
The agencies reported more than 13,000 cases were unsubmitted and of those they think more than 9,000 should be submitted, according to the report.
The survey says they identified “several appropriate investigative and legal reasons for not submitting kits for testing.”
In November, the agency released data that showed 11,000 rape kits have not been tested in Florida. The number mirrored backlogs at law enforcement agencies nationwide because of a lack of funding.
The FDLE is conducting a $300,000 study on the number of untested kits and will present the findings to the Legislature.
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