The Backlog:

Arizona

In 2016, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed an executive order to establish the Arizona Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Task Force. This group will be responsible for addressing the statewide backlog of untested rape kits.

In September 2015, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office announced the Tempe Police Department was awarded $363,699 in funding to test 500 rape kits. Additionally, Maricopa County Attorney's Office and Tucson Police Department received funding through the initiative.

We do not know the extent of the backlog in Arizona. Like most states, Arizona does not require its law enforcement agencies to track or count rape kits, making it difficult to know the extent of the rape kit backlog here. However a growing number of states, all across the country, are making real reforms to end the backlog. This can happen in Arizona, too. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

  • Backlog Status

Count
Partially Counted
Testing
In Testing
Resolved
Not Cleared
Size
4,000*

*This figure is a partial count of the total rape kit backlog, based on funding awarded by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office in September 2015.

  • Reform Status

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

Through The Accountability Project, we have discovered a backlog of 1,849 untested rape kits in Tucson.

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