New Mexico

Backlog Snapshot

New Mexico
Untested Kits:

5,406*

Testing:

Unknown

Does New Mexico 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 New Mexico is unknown. New Mexico law does not require law enforcement agencies to count, track, or test rape kits. 

In 2014, The Accountability Project issued an open records request to bring the number of untested rape kits in Albuquerque to light. Through this request, we uncovered a backlog of 835 untested kits in Albuquerque.

In 2015, the New Mexico Department of Public Safety conducted a one-time statewide audit and announced at least 5,406 untested rape kits across New Mexico. The State Auditor is currently conducting an investigation into the reasons for the backlog and to ensure a complete count is achieved. A report will be released in the fall of 2016. 

In 2016, legislators approved a resolution establishing a task force to address the untested rape kit backlog in New Mexico. 

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