South Dakota

Backlog Snapshot

South Dakota
Untested Kits:

350*

Testing:

Unknown

Does South Dakota...
Inventory untested rape kits?
No statewide inventory.
Test backlogged rape kits?
No, the state has not committed to testing.
Test newly collected rape kits?
Yes, all newly collected kits are being tested.
Grant victims rights to notice and be informed?
No.
Track rape kits?
No tracking system exists.
Appropriate funding for rape kit reform?
No.

*Partial count of 2015 backlog of untested kits at state crime lab, as cited by Argus Leader

Learn more about how we track reform

The extent of the untested rape kit backlog in South Dakota is unknown.* South Dakota law does not require law enforcement agencies to count or track rape kits. 

In 2016, South Dakota enacted a law requiring health care facilities to notify law enforcement about the collection of a rape kit within 24 hours. The law mandates that law enforcement send kits to the lab for testing within 14 days and the lab must complete testing within 90 days. 

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*In December 2015, the South Dakota state crime lab reported it was clearing a backlog of untested rape kits, at least 350 of which came from the Sioux Falls Police Department.

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