Texas

Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:

18,420*

Testing:

In Progress

Does Texas law require...
An Audit of Untested Rape Kits?

Yes – One-Time

Tracking of Rape Kits?

No

Testing of all backlogged rape kits?

Yes

Testing of all rape kits in the future?

Yes

Victims to be notified of the status of their cases?

Yes

Funding for testing kits?

Yes

*Partial count of untested kits reported by the state crime lab in 2015

Learn more about how we track reform

The extent of the untested rape kit backlog in Texas is unknown. In 2011, Texas became the second state to enact a law requiring law enforcement agencies to send all newly collected kits to a crime lab for testing within 30 days. The law directed the lab to test the kits as soon as is feasible. The law also required law enforcement agencies to count the untested rape kits in their storage facilities and to have them analyzed by September 2014. Texas law does not require law enforcement agencies to track rape kits.

As of 2013, 15,900 untested kits were reported to the state lab. Because some agencies did not report, the lab estimated the number of untested kits to actually be 20,000 statewide. 

In 2013, Texas legislators appropriated $11,000,000 in funding to test backlogged kits.

In 2015, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office awarded the Austin Police Department $1,994,648 to test 3,070 rape kits; the Jefferson County Regional Crime Laboratory was awarded $789,223 to test 1,300 rape kits; and the Travis County Sheriff's Office was awarded $97,305 to test 148 rape kits. Also, in 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance awarded Dallas County $1,599,170 to test kits, investigate and prosecute cases, and re-engage survivors.

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