The Backlog:

New York

We do not currently know the full size of the rape kit backlog in New York State. A count completed in 1999 revealed at least 17,000 untested rape kits in New York City alone, all of which were tested by 2003. Legislation that would require law enforcement agencies to submit all rape kits for testing moving forward is currently pending.

In 2015, legislators in New York introduced two pieces of legislation: A04524 and S01455, which would establish the state sexual offense forensic evidence index and processing of evidence related to sexual offenses. In 2016, three additional pieces of legislation were introduced: A06052, A06619 and S06430. A06052 would require a one-time statewide audit of untested rape kits and A06619 would require an annual statewide audit of untested rape kits. S06430 would require law enforcement agencies to submit law enforcement agencies to submit sexual assault kits to the crime lab within 10 days and the crime lab to complete analysis within 90 days. The bill would also require a quarterly statewide report on collected, submitted and unsubmitted rape kits.

If passed, New York would join a growing number of states all across the country making real reforms to end the backlog. 

Join us and take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

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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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