The Backlog:


In September 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance announced the Nevada Office of Attorney General was awarded $1,983,533 in funding to address its backlog through testing kits, investigating and prosecuting cases and re-engaging survivors. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department also received funding from the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

We do not know the extent of the backlog in Nevada but as of December 2015, 7500 kits had been identified, 6300 of which are in the Las Vegas County. Like most states, Nevada does not require its law enforcement agencies to track or count rape kits, making it difficult to know the extent of the rape kit backlog here. However a growing number of states, all across the country, are making real reforms to end the backlog. This can happen in Nevada, too. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

  • Backlog Status

Partially Counted
In Testing
Not Cleared

*This figure is a result of a statewide audit conducted in fall 2015 as referenced in the Reno Gazette Journal.

  • Reform Status

Tracking Testing Victim Notification
No Known Reform
Reform in Progress
Partial Reform
Complete Reform
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Through The Accountability Project, we discovered Las Vegas' backlog of 4,385 untested kits. 

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