Nevada

Backlog Snapshot

Nevada
Untested Kits:

8,000*

Testing:

In Progress

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

No

Tracking of Rape Kits?

Yes

Testing of all backlogged rape kits?

No

Testing of all rape kits in the future?

Yes

Victims to be notified of the status of their cases?

No

Funding for testing kits?

Yes

*Results of a 2015 audit, as reported by the Associated Press

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The extent of the untested rape kit backlog in Nevada is unknown. In 2015, authorities identified nearly 8,000 untested rape kits statewide. As of March 2017, the effort to test these backlogged kits has resulted in 213 offender profiles entered into CODIS, 58 DNA matches, 11 arrest warrants, and eight arrests. Nevada 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 kits in Las Vegas to light. Through this request, we uncovered a backlog of 4,385 untested kits in Las Vegas. 

In 2015, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office awarded the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) $1,995,874 to test 2,970 kits. Also in 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) awarded the Nevada Office of the Attorney General $1,983,533 to test kits, investigate and prosecute cases, and re-engage survivors.

In 2015, Nevada legislators appropriated nearly $3,700,000 in new funding to test backlogged kits.

In 2016, the BJA awarded the Nevada Office of the Attorney General an additional $1,962,414 to sustain this work. In the same year, the U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Justice awarded the Nevada Office of the Attorney General $523,268 to implement an evidence management program to inventory, track, and report untested and unsubmitted rape kits.

In 2017, Nevada enacted a law requiring law enforcement agencies to submit all newly collected kits to the lab within 30 days and labs to test kits within 120 days of receipt. Each lab must also report annually regarding the number of kits received and the number of kits tested. A statewide tracking system for rape kits, which must allow survivors to anonymously track or receive updates about the status of the rape kits, must be created. The law also also appropriates $3 million to the Attorney General to aid labs in reducing the backlog of untested kits. 

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