Arkansas

Backlog Snapshot

Arkansas
Untested Kits:

2,217*

Testing:

In Progress

Does Arkansas...
Inventory untested rape kits?
Yes, recurring inventory.
Test backlogged rape kits?
No, the state has not committed to testing.
Test newly collected rape kits?
Yes, all newly collected kits are being tested.
Grant victims rights to notice and be informed?
No.
Track rape kits?
Yes, tracking system in process.
Appropriate funding for rape kit reform?
No.

In 2015, Arkansas enacted a law requiring the state crime lab to conduct an annual audit of untested rape kits across the state. In 2016, the lab’s first audit found 2,217 untested rape kits statewide.

In 2015, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office awarded the Arkansas State Crime Lab $97,121 to test 1,513 rape kits. 

In 2019, Arkansas enacted a law that would require law enforcement to submit rape kits to a lab within 15 days of receipt from a healthcare provider and require labs to test kits within 60 days of receipt from law enforcement. The law additionally requires that a rape kit tracking system built by the Arkansas State Crime lab allow survivors access to the system to track their kit. Healthcare providers and law enforcement are required to enter information into the system. Law enforcement is not required to submit anonymous kits for testing if the victim does not request submission. Should a survivor with an anonymous kit later decide to file a police report, their kit must be submitted to the lab within 15 days of filing a report.

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