The Backlog:

Louisiana

We do not know the extent of the backlog in Louisiana—there is only information about the backlog at the local level, which you can see here. A newly enacted law, however, could change that.

Senate Bill 296, signed into law on May 16, 2014, requires all law enforcement agencies to conduct an inventory of the untested rape kits in their custody and report the total to the director of the state police crime lab by January 1, 2015.  The crime lab, in turn, will report to the legislature regarding the statewide findings of the inventory, including the name and contact information for each non-compliant agency, by March 1, 2015.

Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials. As of December 2014, just 53 of 421 law enforcement agencies had complied with the state's legislation and reported the number of untested kits in their custody. Among those 53 agencies, there were 284 untested kits. 

While this law will allow us to have a more accurate picture of the backlog in Louisiana, the legislature must take additional steps to provide survivors with greater access to justice, including requiring the testing of all rape kits booked into evidence. 

  • Backlog Status

Count
Partially Counted
Testing
Testing Status Unknown
Resolved
Unknown
Size
284*

*As reported by KNOE 8 News on December 29, 2014 

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