The Backlog:

South Dakota

We do not know the extent of the backlog in South Dakota. Like many states, South Dakota does not require its law enforcement agencies to track or count rape kits, making it difficult to know the extent of the rape kit backlog here. However, legislation recently introduced in South Dakota could soon change that.  

In 2016, legislators in South Dakota introduced HB-1132, which would require a statewide audit of untested rape kits and would require law enforcement agencies to retrieve rape kits from the health care facility within 14 days of collection and submit rape kits to the crime lab within 14 days of receipt. The crime lab would be required to analyze the kit within 90 days of receipt.

If passed, South Dakota would join a growing number of states all across the country making real reforms to end the backlog. 

Join us and take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

  • Backlog Status

Count
Partially Counted
Testing
In Testing
Resolved
Not Cleared
Size
350*

This is a partial count as reported by Argus Leader in December 2015.

  • Reform Status

Tracking Testing Victim Notification
No Known Reform
Reform in Progress
Partial Reform
Complete Reform
  • Additional Information

In December 2015, it was reported that South Dakota state crime lab was slowly clearing a backlogof untested rape kits, at least 350 of which came from Sioux Falls Police Department.

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