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
RTI International to provide training and technical assistance for National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative RTI International September 16, 2015
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
DeWine releases July Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative update The Pike County Daily July 3, 2014
New state rape kit test mandate could reduce unsolved cases WWMT April 21, 2015
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
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
MSP, AG to begin testing, investigation and prosecution of sex assault kits WWMT January 28, 2016
Detroit Prosecutor says $15 million needed to analyze 11,000 rape kits The Crime Report April 23, 2012
Study: Detroit Multidisciplinary Teams Creates Protocols for Responding to Untested Sexual Assault Kits PR Newswire April 7, 2015
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
FDLE releases plan to catch up on rape kit testing ABC 27 WTXL January 1, 2016
Thousands of Untested Rape Kits MSN.com November 15, 2015
Vice President Biden Heads to New York City Thursday To Focus on Economy, Sexual Assault Cases ABC 7 Eyewitness News September 9, 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
AG Says More Rape Kits Being Submitted for Testing Star Advertiser October 5, 2017
Cuyahoga County prosecutor wants help for rape DNA backlog The Independent December 13, 2014
Report Released on Memphis Rape Kit Backlog NewsChannel5 June 18, 2014
Richardson: No more excuses when dealing with sexual assaults East Valley Tribune August 2, 2015
KBI receives grant to test unsubmitted sexual assault kits WIBW.com September 15, 2015
Hundreds of PA rape kits more than 1-year-old remain untested WPXI.com May 25, 2016
State Crime Lab Submits Untested Rape Kits Data Arkansas Matters February 2, 2016

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