ASSEMBLY, No. 4888
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
INTRODUCED OCTOBER 26, 2020
Assemblywoman VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE
District 37 (Bergen)
Assemblywoman YVONNE LOPEZ
District 19 (Middlesex)
Assemblywoman HOLLY T. SCHEPISI
District 39 (Bergen and Passaic)
Assemblymen Zwicker, Giblin, Assemblywoman Speight, Assemblymen Johnson, Chiaravalloti, Benson, Assemblywoman McKnight, Assemblymen Holley, Tully, McKeon, Scharfenberger, Assemblywomen Downey, N.Munoz, Jasey, Swain and Timberlake
Requires AG issue annual report concerning sexual assault cases.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
As reported by the Assembly Women and Children Committee on February 23, 2021, with amendments.
An Act concerning auditing of sexual assault cases and supplementing P.L.1985, c.404.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. a. The Attorney General, in consultation with the county prosecutors, regularly shall 1[audit] report1 cases of sexual assault and criminal sexual contact in this State. Information to be 1[audited] reported1 shall include, but not be limited to, the number of sexual assault and criminal sexual contact cases:
(1) reported to law enforcement agencies 1[and including a brief summary of the facts of each case as specified in the police report]1;
(2) in which reports or complaints were filed by victims;
(3) referred to the county prosecutor;
(4) declined to be prosecuted by the county prosecutor and 1further classified by categorical description of1 the reason for declining;
(5) resulting in indictments or other charges;
(6) downgraded from the New Jersey Superior Court to municipal court;
(7) resulting in a plea-agreement and the specific disposition of the case; and
(8) presented for trial and the specific disposition of the case.
b. The Attorney General shall include in the report any other relevant information concerning statutory obligations to respond to and investigate sexual assault or criminal sexual contact cases.
c. The Attorney General annually shall prepare a report summarizing the information 1[resulting from the audit]1 required pursuant to subsection a. of this section. The annual report shall not contain any personal or identifying information about any victim. The Attorney General shall submit the annual report to the Governor and, pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1991, c.164 (C.52:14-19.1), to the Legislature. The annual report also shall be posted on the official website of the Department of Law and Public Safety.
2. This act shall take effect on the first day of the fourth month next following enactment.