Mississippi

Backlog Snapshot

Mississippi
Untested Kits:

Unknown

Testing:

Unknown

Does Mississippi law require...
An Audit of Untested Rape Kits?

No

Tracking of Rape Kits?

No

Testing of all backlogged rape kits?

No

Testing of all rape kits in the future?

No

Victims to be notified of the status of their cases?

No

Funding for testing kits?

No

The extent of the untested rape kit backlog in Mississippi is unknown. Mississippi law does not require law enforcement agencies to count, track, or test rape kits. 

In 2015, The Accountability Project issued an open records request to bring the number of untested kits in Jackson to light. The Jackson Police Department reported to us that they “used” 1,498 kits between 2004 and 2014. It is unclear what “used” means and we have not been able to obtain an explanation. The Jackson Police Department has not fully responded to our records request.  

In 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Justice awarded the Gautier Police Department $21,478 to develop an electronic evidence tracking system for rape kits.

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