Does Louisiana law require...
An Audit of Untested Rape Kits?
Yes – Annual
Tracking of Rape Kits?
Testing of all backlogged rape kits?
Testing of all rape kits in the future?
Victims to be notified of the status of their cases?
Funding for testing kits?
In 2014, Louisiana enacted a law requiring the state crime lab to conduct an annual audit of rape kits. In 2015, the lab reported 1,333 untested rape kits.* Louisiana law does not require law enforcement agencies to track or test rape kits.
In 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) awarded the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) $1,058,214 to test kits, investigate and prosecute cases, and re-engage survivors.
In 2017, Louisiana legislators introduced a resolution directing the State Police Crime Lab to study and make recommendations regarding an effective statewide tracking system for rape kits.
*In 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) uncovered a backlog of 830 kits at the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), some dating back to the '80s and '90s. In 2011, the National Institute of Justice awarded the city funding to clear this backlog. All of the kits were tested, along with 178 kits collected in 2010.
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