A new analysis by the Sunlight Foundation allows readers to search a database of reports from about 18,000 police departments nationwide, which includes data from the 2013 and 2014 Uniform Crime Report.
“It turns out that there’s substantial variation in whether or not the average police department reports rapes as ‘unfounded,’ writes Sunlight Foundation researcher Emily Shaw. “Across nineteen states (and Guam), rape cases are almost never reported as unfounded. In North Carolina, meanwhile, the average police department reports over 10 percent of rape cases to be unfounded.”
The data “provides a sense of how widespread – and yet how variable – this issue appears to be,” Shaw writes.
Read the report here.