Division of Criminal Justice Services

Current Summary of Changes to the Coded Law File

Law File Changes – January 2013

Note: Changes/corrections have been made to existing laws. A summary is shown below, but may not be complete. We recommend that you overwrite the existing law file with the new one. 

The Justice Department has formally changed the definition of rape that will be used by the FBI to track the crime, including men and expanding the definition to more closely follow state statutes and criminal codes. The FBI is dropping the old definition of rape under the UCR program, which defined forcible rape as, “The carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.” The new definition will now define rape as, “The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” The change is expected to reflect a more accurate picture of how many rapes are reported by state and local police agencies to the FBI for the annual crimes statistics.

The UCR offense code for 14 Article 130 Penal Laws has been reclassified from code 22 (Sex Offense) to code 50 (Rape 2013 Expanded).

Law File Changes:

Modified UCR offense code from code 22 (Sex Offense) to code 50 (Rape 2013 Expanded) to affected laws to reflect changes made per new definition of rape.

Modified Law ordinals 710 and 713 – set the FP_OFFENSE to ‘F’.

Modified Law ordinal 8212 – space was removed from Section field.

Modified Law ordinal 8222 set degree field to ‘0’.

Modified Law Ordinal 6085 set IBR code to 11D.

Modified Law Ordinal 6701 set IBR code to 36B.

Modified Law Ordinals 7388, 7389, 7390, 7391, 7392, 7393, 7394, 7395, 7396, 7397, 7398, 7399 set IBR codes to 90Z.

Modified Law Ordinals 7404, 7405 set IBR codes to 36A.

Modified Law Ordinals 2403, 2404, 2407, 2408 updated the description of the law to include the degree.

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