New Jersey

Backlog Snapshot

New Jersey
Untested Kits:

Unknown

Testing:

Unknown

Does New Jersey law require...
An Audit of Untested Rape Kits?

Proposed

Tracking of Rape Kits?

No

Testing of all backlogged rape kits?

Proposed

Testing of all rape kits in the future?

Proposed

Victims to be notified of the status of their cases?

No

Funding for testing kits?

No

The extent of the untested rape kit backlog in New Jersey is unknown. New Jersey law does not require law enforcement agencies to count, track, or test rape kits. 

In 2014, The Accountability Project issued an open records request to bring the number of untested kits in Atlantic City and Camden to light. In 2015, we issued an open records request to bring the number of untested kits in Trenton to light. To date, we have not received complete information in response to these requests. 

In 2016, New Jersey has two identical state bills related to rape kit reform pending. AB-894 and SB-839 would both require a statewide audit of untested rape kits and previously untested kits to be submitted for testing within 180 days. The bills also mandates that law enforcement agencies submit rape kits to a crime lab within 10 days of collection and that the crime lab complete analysis within six months. 

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