Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:




Does Nebraska...
Inventory untested rape kits?
No statewide inventory.
Test backlogged rape kits?
No, the state has not committed to testing.
Test newly collected rape kits?
No, the state has not mandated testing.
Grant victims rights to notice and be informed?
Track rape kits?
No tracking system exists.
Appropriate funding for rape kit reform?

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 2016, the Nebraska Legislature passed L.B. 843, which ensures that victims are not charged for their sexual assault forensic medical examinations, allowed for the purchase of a single type of kit for the state, and created the position of a nurse examiner administrator to oversee the program and protocol for the state. 

In 2017, Nebraska legislators introduced a bill that would mandate the swift testing of all newly collected rape kits and grant sexual assault survivors the right to notice regarding rape kit testing status and results.

In 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) awarded the City of Omaha $1,901,640 to test kits, investigate and prosecute cases, and re-engage survivors. 

In 2019, legislators introduced a bill that would grant survivors the right to know the status of their kit and to have prompt analysis of their kit, among other rights. This bill failed to pass.


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