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
The Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations applauds U.S. Senate for hearing on unsubmitted sexual assault collection kits Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations May 20, 2015
New state rape kit test mandate could reduce unsolved cases WWMT April 21, 2015
Police agencies should heed rape-kit deadline The Columbus Dispatch October 2, 2015
House approves Orwall bill to ensure testing of all rape kits kentreporter.com March 2, 2015
Legislation Extends Statute of Limitations on Testing Rape Evidence WSIU August 6, 2015
RapidHIT DNA Profile Uploaded to UK National DNA Database Identifies Dangerous Sex Offender While Suspect in Custody Business Wire August 24, 2015
Washington state lab needs more money to clear rape kit backlog The Bellingham Herald December 31, 2015
Editorial: Delaware needs to lead, not follow with rape kits Delaware Online March 29, 2016
Rape kit research to expand with $3 million from U.S. Department of Justice The Daily October 20, 2016
NY group offers grant to reduce rape kit backlog The Huffington Post July 23, 2012
Salt Lake City rape data goes online The Salt Lake City Tribune June 3, 2014
Our View: Improve DNA testing of rape kits Panama City News Herald September 18, 2015
Vice President Biden Heads to New York City Thursday To Focus on Economy, Sexual Assault Cases ABC 7 Eyewitness News September 9, 2015
AG Says More Rape Kits Being Submitted for Testing Star Advertiser October 5, 2017
Hundreds of PA rape kits more than 1-year-old remain untested WPXI.com May 25, 2016
Cuyahoga County prosecutor wants help for rape DNA backlog The Independent December 13, 2014
Detroit Prosecutor says $15 million needed to analyze 11,000 rape kits The Crime Report April 23, 2012
Thousands of Untested Rape Kits MSN.com November 15, 2015
S.F. Police Chief Suhr makes right decision on rape-kit backlog SF Chronicle June 10, 2015
Police: Rape suspect's DNA matched at 1 in 13 quintillion rate http://www.wlwt.com/news/police-rape-suspects-dna-matched-at-1-in-13-quintillion-rate/37641290 January 26, 2016
Serial rapists given lengthy prison sentences WKYC-TV December 22, 2014
After DNA test, man charged with 2001 rape of Valparaiso woman Post-Tribune July 18, 2014
Man Accused Of Rape Nearly 30-Years Ago Appears In Court CBS Miami August 18, 2014
TEST400K Commends Governor Rauner for Signing HB369 Into Law Today PR Newswire August 5, 2015
At Issue: Rape Kit Testing KPIX TV June 2, 2017

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