The Backlog:


In 2011, Texas became the second state to pass legislation requiring law enforcement agencies to count and test the untested rape kits in their storage facilities. As of early 2013, among the reporting agencies, there were 15,900 untested kits. Based on that number, state officials estimated there to be roughly 20,000 untested kits statewide, and that it would cost between $7 million and $11 million to clear the backlog. To move forward with that goal, the state legislature included $10.8 million for processing untested rape kits in its budget for fiscal years 2014 and 2015.

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  • Backlog Status

Partially Counted
In Testing
Not Cleared

* Estimated in January 2013, as reported by The Texas Tribune

  • Reform Status

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

In addition to what we know about the backlog in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, there is also information about the backlog from other jurisdictions in the state.

In 2013, more than 3,000 untested rape kits were reported in Austin, and the Fort Worth police reported having 1,018 untested rape kits. In 2003, Fort Worth had received a grant that allowed it to test 960 kits dating back to 1994, resulting in 214 matches in the DNA database, 47 arrests and 36 felony convictions. As of August 2014, the backlog in Austin was reported to be around 700 untested kits. 



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