The Backlog:

New Orleans

While conducting an investigation of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) in 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice learned the city had a backlog of 830 untested rape kits, some dating back to the '80s and '90s. In 2011, the National Institute of Justice awarded the city funding to clear the backlog, and NOPD outsourced the kits to Marshall University's Forensic Science Center for testing. All the kits were tested, along with 178 kits from the current year. From the 1,008 kits tested, NOPD uploaded 256 DNA profiles to the DNA database, resulting in 139 matches, 24 arrests and six convictions to date. 

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  • Backlog Status

Counting Complete
Testing Complete

*New Orleans cleared its backlog in 2011, as reported by WSAZ

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