New Jersey

Backlog Snapshot

New Jersey
Untested Kits:

Unknown

Testing:

Unknown

Does New Jersey...
Inventory untested rape kits?
Legislation pending.
Test backlogged rape kits?
Legislation pending.
Test newly collected rape kits?
Legislation pending.
Grant victims rights to notice and be informed?
No.
Track rape kits?
No tracking system exists.
Appropriate funding for rape kit reform?
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. As of March 2017, we have closed our inquiry into these three cities.

  • Atlantic City Police Department (ACPD) did not fully respond to our request. ACPD stated that the total number of kits collected between 2004 and 2014, and the total number of these that remain in their custody, are “unknown.” ACPD took no additional measures to attempt to provide this information. As such, we were unable to ascertain the number and testing status of rape kits in the custody of ACPD. 
  • As of November 2014, Camden indicated that “no records exist” regarding the number of rape kits collected or stored by the police. As such, we were unable to ascertain the number and testing status of rape kits in the custody of the Camden Police Department. 
  • The Trenton Police Department (TPD) has not fully responded to our request. TPD stated that they did not have any documentation regarding rape kits collected or submitted for testing. In December 2016, Trenton denied our second FOIA request. 

In 2018, legislators introduced bills to require the submission and testing of all backlogged and newly collected kits and require a one-time, statewide inventory of untested rape kits.

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