Indiana

Backlog Snapshot

Indiana
Untested Kits:

4,980*

Testing:

Unknown

Does Indiana...
Inventory untested rape kits?
Legislation pending.
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?
Yes, tracking system in process.
Appropriate funding for rape kit reform?
No.

*Number of untested rape kits connected to a reported crime, per a 2017 statewide inventory

Learn more about how we track reform

In 2017, the Indiana Senate adopted a resolution requesting a one-time statewide audit of untested rape kits. The inventory report, published in November 2017, identified 4,980 backlogged rape kits connected to reported crimes across the state.

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 2018, Indiana enacted a law requiring a study of the feasibility of a statewide tracking system for rape kits. Legislators also introduced a bill to mandate annual inventory reports of rape kits collected across the state, but this bill failed to pass.

In 2019, Indiana enacted a law that requires law enforcement and prosecutors to provide rape kit updates to the tracking system. The law allows a survivor to register for electronic updates, including notice of rape kit destruction, via the state's kit tracking system. Indiana legislators considered additional rape kit reform bills, but these bills failed to pass. Learn more here

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