The Backlog:


We do not know the extent of the backlog in Arizona—there is only information about the backlog at the local level, which you can see here. Like most states, Arizona does not require its law enforcement agencies to track or count rape kits. In fact, just three states do—Colorado, Illinois and Texas—and because of the reforms these states have implemented, we now have a more accurate picture of the backlog there. 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. Subsequently, the Department of Public Safety will prepare a report to the Senate and House of Representative Judiciary Committees.

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