Sexual Assault Evidence Collection (Nevada Department of Public Safety)

Ginette Walls filed this request with the Office of the Attorney General - Nevada of Nevada.

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From: Ginette Walls

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Nevada Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all policies, procedures, memorandums, directives, and any other guiding materials regarding matters pertaining to the collection, maintenance, transfer, and disposal of sexual assault evidence collection kits (also known as “sexual assault kit”, “sexual offense evidence collection kit”, “sexual assault forensic evidence kit”, “physical evidence recovery kit”, “rape test kit”, or “rape kit”), including, but not limited, to the following:

- Policies and procedures related to the initial collection of sexual assault evidence collection kits.
- Policies and procedures regarding the timeframe of the collection and testing of sexual assault evidence collection kits including the timeframe required for sexual assault evidence collection kits testing by the examiner (also known as “sexual assault examiners”, “sexual assault nurse examiners”, or “sexual assault forensic examiners”).
- All mechanisms by which sexual assault evidence collection kits are or can be tested including all designated facilities where sexual assault evidence collection kits can be performed.
- Policies and procedures regarding the maintenance and transfer of sexual assault evidence collection kits.
- Policies and procedures concerning a petition to test a sexual assault evidence collection kits.
- Policies and procedures related to the process of checking the status of a sexual assault evidence collection kits and the notification provided to survivors regarding their sexual assault evidence collection kits.
- Policies and procedures regarding reports generated of both tested and untested sexual assault evidence collection kits, mandatory or voluntary reporting requirements regarding both tested and untested sexual assault evidence collection kits, and audits of the numbers of both tested and untested sexual assault evidence collection kits.
- Policies and procedures regarding the statute of limitations for maintenance and or storage of sexual assault evidence collection kits, both tested and untested.

Please include all available segregable data.

Please also provide all available data, statistics, or reports regarding matters pertaining to the collection, maintenance, transfer, and disposal of sexual assault evidence collection kits (also known as “sexual assault kit”, “sexual offense evidence collection kit”, “sexual assault forensic evidence kit”, “physical evidence recovery kit”, “rape test kit”, or “rape kit”), including, but not limited, to those materials related to the following specific elements of the sexual assault evidence collection process:

- The collection of sexual assault evidence collection kits.
- Timeframes of collection and testing of sexual assault evidence collection kits.
- Maintenance and transfer of sexual assault evidence collection kits.
- Petitions to test sexual assault evidence collection kits. (Please note this is not a request for identifying or confidential information of survivors or their cases or sexual assault evidence collection kits. This is a request for the numbers of petitions to test sexual assault evidence collection kits.)
- Requests to check the status of sexual assault evidence collection kits. (Please note this is not a request for identifying or confidential information of survivors or their cases or sexual assault evidence collection kits. This is a request for the numbers of requests to check sexual assault evidence collection kits status(es).)
- Notification given to survivors regarding their sexual assault evidence collection kits (Please note this is not a request for identifying or confidential information of survivors or their cases or sexual assault evidence collection kits. This is a request for the numbers of notifications given to survivors regarding their sexual assault evidence collection kits status.)
- Reports and audits generated of both tested and untested sexual assault evidence collection kits, issued by mandatory or voluntary reporting requirements

Should your agency believe that any additional policies, procedures, reports or other analysis pertaining to the collection, maintenance, transfer, and disposal of sexual assault evidence collection kits (also known as “sexual assault kit”, “sexual offense evidence collection kit”, “sexual assault forensic evidence kit”, “physical evidence recovery kit”, “rape test kit”, or “rape kit”), or any related issues may reside with another agency or agencies, indication of such agencies would be greatly appreciated.

Please notify us if further clarification is necessary.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ginette Walls

From: Meg A. Caldwell

Ms. Walls:

The Office of the Attorney General is in receipt of your request for records regarding sexual assault kits. Our public records officer, Senior Deputy Attorney General Sarah Bradley, is in Las Vegas this week on business. She will contact you next week with an update; we anticipate providing any records this office may possess in two weeks.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you.

Meg Caldwell
Legal Researcher
Public Records Coordinator
Nevada Attorney General’s Office
100 North Carson Street
Carson City, NV 89701
775-684-1253
MCaldwell@ag.nv.gov<mailto:MCaldwell@ag.nv.gov>

From: Sarah A. Bradley

Dear Ms. Walls:

In response to your public records request, two documents are attached. One is a report created by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) regarding the numbers of untested sexual assault kits throughout the State as of April 2015. The other is a copy of the response forms received from law enforcement agencies throughout the state in response to a request from the OAG regarding the number of untested sexual assault kits in their possession.

These are the only documents that we have that are responsive to your request. For additional information and/or for information regarding the other items you requested, you may want to contact the other law enforcement agencies in the state.

Your request will now be closed as complete.

Sarah A. Bradley
Senior Deputy Attorney General
Boards and Open Government Division
State of Nevada, Office of the Attorney General
Telephone: (775) 684-1213
SBradley@ag.nv.gov

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