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)sort descending Post Date
Utah’s new crime lab to use robotics to speed up rape kit testing The Salt Lake Tribune Tiffany Frandsen June 2, 2017
Report details reasons behind untested rape kits Minnesota Daily Tiffany Lukk November 25, 2015
'Thousands' of rape kits untested in Florida, Pam Bondi says Orlando Sentinel Tiffany Walden September 9, 2015
Justice for survivors of sexual assault in Montana Independent Record Tim Fox October 11, 2016
Sexual assault cold-case kits come before Legislature for review The Goldendale Sentinel Tim Gruver February 15, 2017
Sexual assault cold cases earn legislators’ attention Kent Reporter Tim Gruver February 10, 2017
Rape Kit Testing Progressing in State Albuquerque Journal Tim Keller October 28, 2017
Michigan House approves budget bill aimed at reducing backlog of untested rape kits in Detroit Tim Martin June 5, 2013
Madison Democrats Demand Audit Of Rape Kit Backlog WXPR Tim Morrissey October 4, 2017
Police charge man with third sexual assault in Glen Burnie Capital Gazette Tim Pratt November 13, 2015
Editorial: Jindal executive order a good call The Shreveport Times Times Editorial Board December 15, 2014
Michigan State Police, Wayne County and Flint will get a complete of $7.5 million to stock, handle backlog Suffield Times Times Staff September 11, 2015
Kansas making steps toward ending rape kit backlog The Sunflower at Wichita State University TJ Rigg April 12, 2016
More Untested Rape Kits Found Memphis Flyer Toby Sells September 16, 2014
Memphis Rape Kit Fight Gets New Ally Memphis Flyer Toby Sells November 20, 2014
More Money Approved for Rape Kit Backlog Memphis Flyer Toby Sells June 3, 2015
Rape Kit Backlog Testing to Finish This Year Memphis Flyer Toby Sells January 17, 2017
New Fund Established to Help Test City's Rape Kits Memphis Flyer Toby Sells October 30, 2014
MPD Push on Rape Kit Backlog Yields Indictments Memphis Flyer Toby Sells August 20, 2014
Rape Kit Summit Wraps Memphis Flyer Toby Sells October 20, 2015
DNA, Name On Dentures Yield Guilty Plea in Rape Case Memphis Flyer Toby Sells July 25, 2017
Eyewitnesses, DNA evidence in girl's rape - yet it took nearly a year for arrests to be made Todd Cooper November 10, 2015
DNA sample, detective work lead to arrest and sex assault conviction of coercive peeping Tom Todd Cooper November 26, 2015
DOJ: No rape evidence testing without consent Wisconsin Law Journal Todd Richmond December 14, 2014
Wisconsin Sexual Assault Kit Tests Lead to 20 DNA Hits US News & World Report Todd Richmond February 9, 2018


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