The Backlog:


We do not know the extent of the backlog in Louisiana—there is only information about the backlog at the local level, which you can see here. Like most states, Louisiana does not currently require its law enforcement agencies to count untested rape kits. A bill currently pending in the state legislature would change that.

Senate Bill 296 would require all law enforcement agencies to conduct an inventory of the untested rape kits in their custody and report the total to the director of the state police crime lab by January 1, 2015.  The crime lab, in turn, would then report to the legislature regarding the statewide findings of the inventory, including the name and contact information for each non-compliant agency, by March 1, 2015.

As we have seen in the three states—Colorado, Illinois and Texas—that have enacted similar legislation, such reforms allow us to have a more accurate picture of the backlog. This can happen in Louisiana, too. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

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