Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:



In Progress

Does Nevada...
Inventory untested rape kits?
Yes, a one-time inventory.
Test backlogged rape kits?
Yes, testing in progress.
Test newly collected rape kits?
Yes, all newly collected kits are being tested.
Grant victims rights to notice and be informed?
Track rape kits?
Yes, tracking system in process.
Appropriate funding for rape kit reform?
Yes, ongoing.

*Remain untested, of the 7,814 kits inventoried in 2015, per the Sexual Assault Intiative, accessed May 2019

Learn more about how we track reform

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

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 (AG) $1,983,533 to test kits, investigate and prosecute cases, and re-engage survivors. In 2016, the BJA awarded the AG $1,962,414 to sustain this work. In the same year, the U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Justice awarded the AG $523,268 to implement an evidence management program to inventory, track, and report untested and unsubmitted rape kits. In 2017, the BJA awarded the AG an additional $933,956 to expand their collection of DNA to identify unknown offenders.

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. 

In 2018, the Attorney General launched a website for the Nevada Sexual Assault Initiative, tracking the progress of the state's backlog reduction effort. The website also offers resources for survivors. Additionally in 2018, BJA awarded the AG $1 million to sustain their work. 

In 2019, Nevada legislators enacted a law creating the Sexual Assault Victims' Bill of Rights. This law grants sexual assault victims the right to: have their kit tested; request to be informed of any results of their medical forensic examination; be informed of evidence preservation policies; and, upon request, defer analysis and preserve the kit for at least 50 years for uncharged or unsolved sexual assault and at least 20 years for unreported or anonymous sexual assault. Read our letter of support. With this law, Nevada has adopted all six pillars of comprehensive rape kit reform. Also in 2019, Nevada tasked the state Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice with evaluating and reviewing the progress of rape kit reforms.


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