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
Law Enforcement Academy Pushes for Agencies to Submit All Sexual Assault Test Kits KRQE News 13 Rebecca Atkins December 14, 2018
House Approves Bill Setting Time Limits on Collection, Testing of Rape Kits Times Online J.D. Prose December 14, 2018
Bill Would Speed Up Testing of Rape Kits, DNA Herald-Dispatch Taylor Stuck February 16, 2018
APD, University Join Forces on Sexual Assault Kit Research Daily Texan Ravi Teja February 16, 2018
Editorial: State Finally Making Progress on Rape Kit Backlog Herald-Dispatch Lori Wolfe February 15, 2018
Police Had Suspect Name, Sexual Assault Kit but It Took More Than 10 Years to Test Evidence Oregon Live Maxine Bernstein February 14, 2018
Portland Police Make First Conviction from Testing Decades-Old Sex Assault Evidence Kits KGW8 Nina Mehlhaf February 14, 2018
State Crime Lab Head Says Rape Kit Testing is Progressing Spokesman Associated Press February 14, 2018
DNA Helps CMPD Crack 2 Decade-Old Sexual Assault Cases WCNC Alex Shabad February 14, 2018
Trib Editorial: No Excuse for State's Backlog of Untested Rape Kits Trib Live Tribune-Review February 13, 2018
N.Y. Lawmakers Push for Preservation of Rape Kits Times Union Brendan J. Lyons February 13, 2018
NY Pols Call for Stronger Rape Kit Reform Measures New York Daily News Kenneth Lovett February 13, 2018
Sexual Assault Survivor: 'New York Can Do Better' Spectrum News Evan Sery February 13, 2018
Cleveland Rape Kit Case, Chronicled in HBO Film, Highlights Challenges of Prosecuting Old Cases Cleveland.com Rachel Dissell February 12, 2018
Study of State’s Backlogged Rape Kits Finds Cost of Crimes to Victims, Taxpayers Exceeds $4.2 Million Kentucky Forward Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs February 12, 2018
Wisconsin Inmate Sentenced in Portland Sex Crimes KOIN6 Brent Weisberg February 12, 2018
Tracking System Would Improve Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Monitoring Missourian Kaitlin Washburn February 12, 2018
WV Cuts into Backlog of Sex Assault Kits Herald-Dispatch Courtney Hessler February 11, 2018
Abbott: Let's Get Tougher on Sex Crimes Houston Chronicle Greg Abbott February 10, 2018
Battle Creek Man Sentenced to Nearly 80 Years for 2002 Rape Battle Creek Enquirer Trace Christenson February 9, 2018
Lawmakers, Advocates Aim to Continue Rape Kit Reform This Legislative Session Frontier Kassie McClung February 9, 2018
Wisconsin Sexual Assault Kit Tests Lead to 20 DNA Hits US News & World Report Todd Richmond February 9, 2018
FDLE Tackles A Statewide Backlog of Untested Sexual Assault Kits Click Orlando Adrianna Iwasinski February 8, 2018
Attorney General's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Makes Progress with Untested Rape Kits News4 Sanaz Tahernia February 8, 2018
More Than 1,000 Rape Kits Remain Backlogged In PA, Some Dating As Far Back As The 1990s WESA Kathleen J. Davis February 8, 2018

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