Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:




Does Indiana...
Inventory untested rape kits?
Yes, a one-time 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?
Yes, tracking system in process.
Appropriate funding for rape kit reform?

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

Learn more about how we track reform

Indiana law does not require law enforcement agencies to count, track, or test rape kits. 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 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 2017, the Indiana Senate adopted a resolution urging the State Police to conduct a thorough audit of all untested rape kits held at law enforcement agencies, laboratories, and healthcare facilities across the state. Such agencies and institutions are expected to respond with details of the number of untested kits, as well as the reasons for which those kits remain unprocessed, where possible. The State Police will then report their findings and recommendations to the legislature by December 1, 2017. Read Joyful Heart's letter of support. 


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