The Backlog:

South Dakota

In 2016, legislators in South Dakota passed HB-1132 and on March 14, it was signed into law. Under the law, a health care facility that collects a rape kit that is connected to a reported crime must notify law enforcement about the kit within 24 hours. Law enforcement now has 14 days to send kits to the lab for analysis and the lab must complete testing within 90 days. Survivors who have evidence collected but do not wish to report the crime to police must be informed by the health care facility about the period of time for which the evidence will be stored before it is destroyed and how to release the rape kit for testing at a later time.

  • Backlog Status

Count
Partially Counted
Testing
In Testing
Resolved
Not Cleared
Size
350*

This is a partial count as reported by Argus Leader in December 2015.

  • Reform Status

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

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

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