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?
No, the state has not mandated testing.
Grant victims rights to notice and be informed?
No.
Track rape kits?
No tracking system exists.
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. Arkansas law does not require law enforcement agencies to track or test rape kits.

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

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