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. In 2015, authorities identified approximately 8,000 untested rape kits statewide. 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 legislators introduced multiple rape kit reform bills:
- A.B. 55, which would require law enforcement agencies to submit all newly collected kits to the lab within 30 days, and require labs to test newly collected kits within 180 days of receipt. The bill would also require each lab to report annually regarding the number of kits received and the number of kits tested.
- A.B. 97, which would require law enforcement agencies to submit newly collected kits to the lab within 30 days; require labs to test newly collected kits, upon victim request, within 180 days of receipt; and require labs to report annually the number of kits that have been in their possession for more than one year and remain untested.
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