Does Nevada law require...
An Audit of Untested Rape Kits?
Tracking of Rape Kits?
Testing of all backlogged rape kits?
Testing of all rape kits in the future?
Victims to be notified of the status of their cases?
Funding for testing kits?
The extent of the untested rape kit backlog in Nevada is unknown. 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.
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