ENDTHEBACKLOG News: February 2016

President Obama Includes $41 Million for Rape Kit Reform in Budget Request

On Tuesday, President Obama announced his FY17 budget proposal, which included $41 million in funding for the U.S. Department of Justice's community-based sexual assault response initiative. These federal funds will build upon the investments made to address the rape kit backlog in FY15 and FY16, and provide much-needed support for more communities as they work to end their backlogs and secure justice for survivors.

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Legislative Landscape of Rape Kit Reform: 2016

Across the country, the 2016 legislative session is in full swing and 18 states have already introduced bills that would change the way rape kit evidence is handled. Curious if your state is committed to ending the rape kit backlog? In this month's blog, we examine the landscape of rape kit reform.

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Drafter's Checklist for Rape Kit Reform

In the past year, several states have committed to rape kit reform by introducing and enacting legislation that establishes clear policies around rape kit handling. ENDTHEBACKLOG has developed a checklist that covers the critical provisions that should be included in any comprehensive rape kit reform.

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