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 descending
DNA backlog reveals past problems with NOPD and rape cases WWLTV Eyewitness News Katie Moore January 18, 2011
The Rape Kit Story We Don't Want to Read Anymore Jezebel Irin Carmon January 27, 2011
Thousands of Rape Kits Sit Untested for Decades, but Change Would Be Costly The New York Times Brandi Grissom January 27, 2011
Thousands of Texas rape kits never tested The Texas Tribune Brandi Grissom January 27, 2011
Thousands of rape kits left untested Women's Views on News Amy Higgans January 28, 2011
Weekly Wrap Up: Rape Kit Backlog 4WomenWorldwide Shelley Seyler January 28, 2011
L.A. rape kit backlog cleared San Francisco Gate Associated Press February 1, 2011
LAPD clears decades-old backlog of untested DNA evidence Los Angeles Times Joel Rubin February 1, 2011
LAPD: Rape kit backlog has been eliminated The Daily Breeze Associated Press February 1, 2011
Los Angeles police say rape kit backlog eliminated Santa Cruz Sentinel Associated Press February 1, 2011
Four firms enlisted to ease backlog of rape kits Houston Chronicle Bradley Olson February 8, 2011
Rape Kit Backlog Prompts Bill in Legislature Fox News 40 Mark Demsky February 9, 2011
AB 1017 Would Strengthen Laws Regarding Rape Kit Testing LA Progressive Anthony Portantino February 16, 2011
Monrovia Lawmaker Looking to Address Rape Kit Backlog Monrovia Path Dan Abendschein February 16, 2011
State crime lab reports more than 4,000 untested rape kits Chicago Tribune Megan Twohey February 16, 2011
State Police Vow To Eliminate Rape Kit Backlog CBS Chicago February 17, 2011
Extending the Time to Collect DNA in Sexual Assault Cases National Institute of Justice Journal Terry Taylor February 28, 2011
Solving the Problem of Untested Evidence in Sexual Assaults National Institute of Justice Journal Nancy Ritter February 28, 2011
America's Cold-Case Crisis The Daily Beast Linda Fairstein April 3, 2011
Rebuttal: Justice Requires Rape-Kit Testing Women's eNews Sarah Tofte April 3, 2011
The Road Ahead: Unanalyzed Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases National Institute of Justice Nancy Ritter April 30, 2011
Evidence Ignored In Unsolved Rape Cases Honolulu Civil Beat Adrienne LaFrance May 30, 2011
Texas SB 1636 Texas Legislature Texas Senate August 31, 2011
Senate Passes DNA Databank Expansion Bill New York Senate Office of New York Senator Dean G. Skelos January 30, 2012
Detroit Rape Kits Found in Storage Facility to Be Reveiwed, Tested for Crimes Dating to the 1980s The Huffington Post Corey Williams February 14, 2012


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