Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:




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


Tracking of Rape Kits?


Testing of all backlogged rape kits?


Testing of all rape kits in the future?


Victims to be notified of the status of their cases?


Funding for testing kits?


*Partial count of untested kits in Indianapolis uncovered through The Accountability Project

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The extent of the untested rape kit backlog in Indiana is unknown. In 2017, the Indiana Senate adopted a resolution requesting a one-time statewide audit of untested rape kits. Indiana law 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 Indianapolis to light. Through this request, we uncovered a backlog of 5,006 untested kits in Indianapolis. 

In 2015, The Accountability Project issued an open records request to the Gary Police Department. The Gary Police Department has not responded to our 2014 records request. As of March 2017, we have closed our inquiry.

In 2017, Indiana legislators introduced a bill that would require the Attorney General to develop guidelines for law enforcement agencies to respond to and investigate sexual assaults statewide. These guidelines must include requirements for: law enforcement to pick up a newly collected kit no later than five days after collection; law enforcement to submit all kits for which victims have consented to the lab for testing; law enforcement agencies to preserve all kits for which victims have not consented to testing in storage for at least five years; victims to be notified of their right to consent to testing before the end of the five-year storage period; and victims to be notified, upon request, of any changes in the status of their kits.

Additionally, the Indiana Senate passed a resolution urging the State Police to conduct a thorough audit of all untested rape kits held at law enforcement agencies, laboratories, and healthcare facilities across the state. Such agencies and institutions are expected to respond with details of the number of untested kits, as well as the reasons for which those kits remain unprocessed, where possible. The State Police will then report their findings and recommendations to the legislature by December 1, 2017. Read Joyful Heart's letter of support.


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