The Backlog:

Louisiana

Senate Bill 296, signed into law on May 16, 2014, requires all law enforcement agencies to conduct an inventory of the untested rape kits in their custody and report the total to the director of the state police crime lab by January 1, 2015.  The crime lab, in turn, will report to the legislature regarding the statewide findings of the inventory, including the name and contact information for each non-compliant agency, by March 1, 2015.

In March 2015, the Louisiana State Crime Lab reported that the state had a backlog of 1,333 untested rape kits, with roughly one third having sat untested for at least five years. Of the 421 law enforcement agencies in Louisiana, 128 did not send any data regarding their backlog of untested kits.

While this law will allow us to have a more accurate picture of the backlog in Louisiana, 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
Counting Complete
Testing
Testing Status Unknown
Resolved
Unknown
Size
1,133*

*As reported by NOLA.com in March 2015

  • Reform Status

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

In 2010, it was discovered that the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) had a backlog of 830 untested rape kits, some dating back to the '80s and '90s. All of the kits were subsequently tested, along with 178 kits collected from 2010. 

In December 2014, 429 untested rape kits were disclosed in a New Orleans City Council hearing that examined shortcomings in NOPD's handling of rapes and child abuse cases.

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