The Backlog:

Arizona

We do not know the extent of the backlog in Arizona. Like most states, Arizona does not require its law enforcement agencies to track or count rape kits, making it difficult to know the extent of the rape kit backlog here. However a growing number of states, all across the country, are making real reforms to end the backlog. This can happen in Arizona, too. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

In February 2015, Democratic Senator Katie Hobbs introduced legislation that would require law enforcement agencies to conduct an inventory of the untested rape kits in their custody and compile a report containing the number of untested sexual assault kits in its possession, the date the kit was collected, and the reason why the kit is currently untested. The Arizona legislature adjourned for the 2015 session without passing this legislation. Senator Hobbs has stated that she will reintroduce the legislation in the next session. 

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