The Backlog:

Arizona

We do not know the full size of the rape kit backlog in Arizona. However, a partial count completed in 2015 revealed at least 4,000 untested kits. Legislation is currently pending.

History

In 2016, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced an executive order to establish the Arizona Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Task Force, which will be responsible for addressing the statewide backlog of untested rape kits.

The order comes after the Manhattan District Attorney's Office awarded the Tempe Police Department $363,699 in funding to test 500 rape kits. Additionally, Maricopa County Attorney's Office and Tucson Police Department received funding through the initiative.

Current Legislation

SB-1406, introduced into the state legislature in January 2016, would require an audit of untested rape kits by March 2017. If passed, Arizona would join a growing number of states all across the country making real reforms to end the backlog. 

Join us and take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

  • Backlog Status

Count
Partially Counted
Testing
In Testing
Resolved
Not Cleared
Size
4,000*

*This figure is a partial count of the total rape kit backlog, based on funding awarded by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office in September 2015.

  • Reform Status

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

Through The Accountability Project, we have discovered a backlog of 1,849 untested rape kits in Tucson.

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