Oklahoma

Backlog Snapshot

Oklahoma
Untested Kits:

6,954*

Testing:

Unknown

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

*As of February 2018, initial results from ongoing statewide inventory

Learn more about how we track reform

As of February 2018, an ongoing statewide inventory has uncovered 6,954 untested rape kits in storage at law enforcement agencies across Oklahoma. The final results of the inventory, mandated by Governor Mary Fallin, will be reported by mid-2018. Oklahoma law does not require law enforcement agencies to count, track, or test rape kits.

In 2014, The Accountability Project issued open records requests to bring the number of untested rape kits in Oklahoma City and Tulsa to light. Through this request, we uncovered a backlog of 3,783 untested kits in Tulsa. In April 2014, the Oklahoma City Office of the Municipal Counselor declined to respond to our legal request for its rape kit records from the past ten years.

In April 2017, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin issued an executive order convening the Oklahoma Task Force on Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence, which must conduct a statewide audit of untested rape kits. The Task Force must also study the process for collection and analysis of rape kits in Oklahoma, and report their findings and recommendations by July 2018.

In 2018, Oklahoma legislators introduced a bill that would mandate annual inventory reports of untested rape kits in the custody of law enforcement agencies statewide and mandate the swift testing of all newly collected rape kits. This bill failed to pass.

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