The Backlog

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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
Analysis of Untested Sexual Assault Kits in New Orleans National Institute of Justice Mark Nelson May 1, 2013
400,000 untested rape kits- nonprofits take the issue on NonProfit Quarterly Ruth McCambridge May 1, 2013
I- Team finds untested kits in the Bay Area ABC7 San Fran Dan Noyes May 12, 2013
New laws aim to speed up processing of rape evidence CBS2 Denver May 15, 2013
Julie Weil takes her story to lawmakers asking for funds to test backlogged rape kits NBC5 WPTV Shannon Cake May 20, 2013
Keeping them honest: rape kits go untested for decades Anderson Cooper 360 Randi Kaye May 27, 2013
Outrage over nationwide rape kit backlog Anderson Cooper 360 Wolf Blitzer May 27, 2013
More work needed to eliminate the backlog of rape kits The Huffington Post Mariska Hargitay, Kym Worthy June 2, 2013
$4 million to help Wayne County deal with backlog in testing rape kits Michigan Radio Rick Pluta June 4, 2013
McNulty's measure to eliminate rape kit backlog signed into law Colorado House GOP Rep. Frank McNulty June 4, 2013
Michigan to use $4M to clear Wayne County Rape Kits The Detroit News Chad Livengood June 4, 2013
More than 10,000 forgotten Detroit rape kits to be tested NBC News Matthew DeLuca June 4, 2013
Wayne County must put safety of its communities first: Sarah Tofte Detroit Free Press Sarah Tofte June 5, 2013
Michigan House approves budget bill aimed at reducing backlog of untested rape kits in Detroit Tim Martin June 5, 2013
Rape kit testing bill introduced after CALL7 investigation signed by Gov. Hickenlooper Wednesday ABC7 Denver Keli Rabon, Arthur Kane June 5, 2013
Hank investigates: shocking backlog in DNA testing of rape kits WHDH NBC Hank Phillippi Ryan June 10, 2013
Phoenix police to test more rape kits after ABC15 Investigation ABC15 Lauren Gilger June 17, 2013
To catch a rapist: the true saga of an evidence backlog The Santa Barbara Independent Susan Rose July 10, 2013
Fort Worth hopes to win grant to help overcome rape kit backlog WFAA 8 (ABC) Jim Douglas July 15, 2013
Rape kits indictment: Delbert Buckwald The Cleveland Plain Dealer Rachel Dissell July 22, 2013
Rape kits still untested by TBI WREG 4 Cindy Wolff July 22, 2013
Cleveland, it's time to talk about rape... Old evidence brings new answers The Cleveland Plain Dealer David I. Anderson July 29, 2013
Thousands of rape kits left untested in Ohio Nick McGill July 29, 2013
A race for justice: Prosecutor's rape kit task force chases decades-old cases with little time left The Cleveland Plain Dealer Leila Atassi, Rachel Dissell July 31, 2013
DeWine releases August update on sexual assault kit testing initiative Pike County Daily Office of Attorney General Mike DeWine August 1, 2013


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