Indiana

Backlog Snapshot

Indiana
Untested Kits:

4,980*

Testing:

Unknown

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

No

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

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

Learn more about how we track reform

The extent of the untested rape kit backlog in Indiana is unknown. 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. Indiana law does not require law enforcement agencies to count, track, or test rape kits. 

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. Indiana legislators also introduced a bill that would mandate the testing of all newly collected kits, require notification in advance of kit destruction, and establish evidence retention timeframes, but this bill failed to pass.

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