Nebraska

Backlog Snapshot

Nebraska
Untested Kits:

Unknown

Testing:

Unknown

Does Nebraska 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

The extent of the untested rape kit backlog in Nebraska is unknown. Nebraska 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 Omaha to light. Omaha has not fully responded to our November 2014 records request. As of August 2015, the Omaha Police Department (OPD) had 1,271 rape kits in custody that were collected between 2000 and 2014. OPD stated that “no record exists” regarding the testing status of these kits, and OPD took no additional measures to attempt to provide this information. As such, we were unable to ascertain the status of these 1,271 rape kits.

In 2017, Nebraska legislators introduced a resolution to create a study committee to make recommendations regarding how to address backlogged rape kits, but this resolution failed to pass.

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