Arizona

Backlog Snapshot

Arizona
Untested Kits:

4,000*

Testing:

In Progress

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

No

Tracking of Rape Kits?

No

Testing of all backlogged rape kits?

No

Testing of all rape kits in the future?

No

Victims to be notified of the status of their cases?

No

Funding for testing kits?

Yes

*Partial count of the total rape kit backlog, based on funding awarded by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office in 2015

Learn more about how we track reform

The extent of the untested rape kit backlog in Arizona is unknown. However, in 2016, Governor Doug Ducey issued an executive order requiring a one-time statewide audit, and establishing the Arizona Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Task Force. This task force will develop standards for testing of rape kits, make recommendations for legislation and create a plan for a statewide tracking system. The statewide audit will be completed in the fall of 2016. Arizona does not require law enforcement agencies to count, track, or test rape kits. 

In 2014, The Accountability Project issued an open records request to bring the number of untested rape kits in Tucson to light. Through this request, and local media pressure, we uncovered a backlog of 1,849 untested kits in Tucson in 2015. 

In 2015, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office awarded the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office $1,929,145 to test 2,300 rape kits; the Tempe Police Department $363,699 to test 500 rape kits; and the Tucson Police Department Crime Lab $1,038,000 to test 1,200 kits. 

In 2016, Arizona legislators appropriated $500,000 in new funding for rape kit testing in FY17.

TAKE ACTION TODAY TO BRING RAPE KIT REFORM TO ARIZONA

 

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