The Backlog

News Archive

In this section, you can find an archive of information about the rape kit backlog, including news from across the country, investigative reports that have uncovered backlogs, op-eds from journalists and reformers, legislation and policy reports, government publications and more. Browse by date or by category below.

Title Source Author(s) Post Datesort ascending
State law change expedites process for sexual assault exam kits Gainesville Times Nick Watson November 27, 2016
Akron man convicted of killing Iraq War veteran sentenced in 2000 rape Cleveland.com Kaylee Remington November 23, 2016
First batch of untested rape kits from around the state could be tested mid-2017 Billings Gazette Holly Michels November 20, 2016
Next steps for Tim Fox sexual assault task force KTVH Lindsey Ford November 18, 2016
Op-ed: Update law so labs can use Rapid DNA to solve crimes faster The Salt Lake Tribune Jay Henry November 18, 2016
DNA Testing for Nearly 5,000 Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kits Now Completed Cleveland Patch Chris Mosby November 16, 2016
11-year-old girl's kidnapping and rape solved by DNA from a discarded water bottle, police say Los Angeles Times Joseph Serna November 16, 2016
State crime lab finished testing nearly 5,000 older Cuyahoga County rape kits Cleveland Plain Dealer Rachel Dissell November 16, 2016
"Rape Kits" Task Force unveils current status of untested kits in Memphis FOX 13 Memphis Tony Atkins November 15, 2016
After string of sex assaults, Grand Valley State University could make rape kit exams available on campus MLive.com Monica Scott November 15, 2016
Suspects identified, arrested after old rape kits tested Las Vegas NOW Christianne Klein and Bill Roe November 15, 2016
Testing of backlogged rape evidence leads to hundreds of convictions Fairfield Citizen Rachel Lovell and Daniel J. Flannery November 13, 2016
Crime lab tests pile up on cases Ventura County Star Marjorie Hernandez November 13, 2016
Rape kit audit back from Ada Co. Sheriff Idaho Press-Tribune Ruth Brown November 12, 2016
Michigan's rape kit backlog increases over year as police complete 2,349 cases MLive.com Brad Devereaux November 12, 2016
Untested rape kits linked to crime lab backlog ABC FOX Montana Jackie Coffin November 10, 2016
Many sexual assault survivors await justice with backlog of rape kits KTVU November 10, 2016
Testing on rape kit from 2003 leads to arrest in Winter Haven sexual assault case The News Chief Clifford Parody November 9, 2016
Greenville Police receive federal grant to test sexual assault kits WITN Dave Jordan and Elisse Ramey November 8, 2016
Slow DNA analysis in Austin ‘reaching a critical point,’ judge says Austin American-Statesman Katie Hall November 7, 2016
State Crime Lab improving, but police still need to fill gaps The Times-News Isaac Groves November 6, 2016
Why there's a 5-day window to collect evidence in rape cases MLive Monica Scott November 3, 2016
AZ police departments have more than 6,000 untested rape kits ABC 15 Arizona Dave Biscobing November 3, 2016
Audits show increase in rape kit submissions to state lab Idaho Press-Tribune Ruth Brown November 2, 2016
Lions LB DeAndre Levy raises $30,000 to test forgotten rape kits ESPN Michael Rothstein November 2, 2016

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