The Backlog:


We do not know the extent of the backlog in Arkansas. Like most states, Arkansas does not require its law enforcement agencies to track or count rape kits. In fact, just three states do—Colorado, Illinois and Texas—and because of the reforms these states have implemented, we now have a more accurate picture of the backlog there. This can happen in Arkansas, too. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from your elected officials.

In January 2015, legislation was introduced in Arkansas that would require law enforcement agencies to conduct an inventory of all sexual assault collection kits being stored by agency, and compile a written report of the number of kits and the date of which they were collected. The bill passed the House and Senate and now awaits the Governor's signature.

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In November 2014,  Arkansas State Crime Lab Executive Director Kermit Channell stated that the state has only a "current backlog," meaning only 20 kits have yet to be assigned to an analyst. The lab is aiming to lower its turnaround time to around 30 days to analyze a rape kit. Channell also added, "In 2005, we were woefully under budget, we had a tremendous backlog...some 20,000 cases...but that's not true today and that's because we have additional funding sources."

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