Louisiana

Backlog Snapshot

Louisiana
Untested Kits:

1,133*

Testing:

In Progress

Does Louisiana law require...
An Audit of Untested Rape Kits?

Yes – Annual

Tracking of Rape Kits?

No

Testing of all backlogged rape kits?

No

Testing of all rape kits in the future?

No

Victims to be notified of the status of their cases?

No

Funding for testing kits?

No

*Reported by the state crime lab in 2015, as cited by NOLA.com

Learn more about how we track reform

In 2014, Louisiana enacted a law requiring the state crime lab to conduct an annual audit of rape kits. In 2015, the lab reported 1,333 untested rape kits.* Louisiana law does not require law enforcement agencies to track or test rape kits.

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) awarded the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) $1,058,214 to test kits, investigate and prosecute cases, and re-engage survivors.

In 2016, the BJA awarded NOPD an additional $653,395 to test kits, investigate and prosecute cases, and re-engage survivors.

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  • Additional Information

*In 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) uncovered a backlog of 830 kits at the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), some dating back to the '80s and '90s. In 2011, the National Institute of Justice awarded the city funding to clear this backlog. All of the kits were tested, along with 178 kits collected in 2010. 

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