End the backlog of rape kits. Support New York Senate Bill S6238.
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What is S6238?
Senate Bill S6238 is common sense legislation in NYS to protect the rights of sexual assault survivors. S6238 looks to amend the executive law relating to the handling and processing of sexual assault kits, by mandating that sexual assault kits be collected and forwarded to a forensic DNA laboratory within an established time frame. S6238 also guarantees survivors to have access to information regarding whether their kit is being tested, the results of the forensic DNA test were entered into the state DNA identification index, and whether the DNA entered into the database is a match to existing entries in the system.
Why does S6238 matter?
Senate Bill S6238 matters because it allows for survivors to be informed on the status of their case and be able to take action if their case is not being handled expediently. Legislation like this helps let survivors know that they matter, and creates a line of communication between law enforcement and survivors. In addition, S6238 creates accountability in the criminal justice system in regards to forensic testing in order to help end the current backlog and prevent the accumulation of untested sexual assault kits.
Where is the bill currently?
The bill is currently in committee (being discussed and amended) in the New York State Senate. It will then be voted on and sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo to be passed or vetoed.
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