In December 2015, an audit revealed at least 5,406 untested rape kits in New Mexico. Legislation is currently pending that would allocate funding to process these untested kits.
The New Mexico Department of Public Safety's statewide audit of untested rape kits revealed a backlog of 5,406 untested rape kits, some of which date back to the 1980s. These results reflect information received from at least 113 of the state's 148 law enforcement agencies.
In 2016, a resolution (SM-50) was passed that the Secretary of Public Safety and Director of the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual Violence would establish a task force to address the backlog of untested rape kits.
Since the statewide audit was completed, we have urged lawmakers in New Mexico to take additional steps towards comprehensive reform, including requiring that all rape kits booked into evidence are tested. This legislation is a step forward in New Mexico, and we will continue to monitor this reform and update this page it develops.
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Legislation aimed at addressing the backlog of untested rape kits in the state would appropriate $1.2 million to hire more forensic scientists to process DNA evidence from sexual assault casesJanuary 25, 2016
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