Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:



In Progress

Does Louisiana...
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?
Track rape kits?
No tracking system exists.
Appropriate funding for rape kit reform?

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

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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.* While Louisiana law does require submission and testing for all kits of reported cases associated with an unknown suspect, kits with a known suspect are not required to be tested. State law does not require testing of backlogged kits, tracking, or notifying victims of the location and status of their 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. In 2017, the BJA awarded the Orleans Parish District Attorney $1,009,485 to strengthen investigation, prosecution, and victim support services for cases related to backlogged kits.

In 2017, both chambers of the Louisiana legislature adopted a concurrent resolution directing the State Police Crime Lab to study and make recommendations regarding an effective statewide tracking system for rape kits.

In 2018, Louisiana legislators enacted a law creating the Louisiana Sexual Assault Oversight Commission to develop recommendations for a standardized sexual assault kit and statewide protocols for forensic medical examinations. The Attorney General will ensure the recommendations are implemented.


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*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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