Backlog Snapshot

Untested Kits:




Omaha is one of the cities where we are using public records requests to uncover the number of untested rape kits in police storage as part of The Accountability Project. 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. To learn more about our process, click here.


Right now, we do not know the full extent of the national rape kit backlog because few states require law enforcement agencies to count, track, or test rape kits. The Accountability Project aims to bring greater transparency and accountability to rape kit testing practices across the country.

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