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.
On June 16, 2016, the New York state legislature passed legislation that sets standards for processing sexual assault evidence kits by mandating that future kits be sent for testing within 10 days of receipt and that the crime lab analyze those kits within 90 days. The bill mandates the submission of all rape kits currently in custody within 180 days of enactment and testing within 120 days after that. Under the measure, public crime labs and all New York law enforcement agencies must report quarterly on the kits in their possession.
New York has joined 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.
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