The Backlog:

New York

In March 2015, legislation (A4524, S1455) was introduced that would establish the state sexual offense forensic evidence index and processing of evidence related to sexual offenses.

We do not know the extent of the backlog in New York—there is only information about the backlog at the local level, which is posted below. Like most states, New York 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 New York, too. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

  • Backlog Status

Testing Status Unknown
  • Reform Status

Tracking Testing Victim Notification
No Known Reform
Reform in Progress
Partial Reform
Complete Reform
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In 1999, New York City had a backlog of over 17,000 kits. After sending all kits to a laboratory for testing, the backlog was cleared by 2003 and the city now has a test-all-kit policy.

Through The Accountability Project, we are using public records requests to bring the number of untested kits in Albany, Buffalo and Rochester to light.

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