The Backlog

Media 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 Sourcesort ascending Author(s) Post Date
Rape suspect Melvin Yarbor back behind bars after ABC15 investigation ABC15 Dave Biscobing and Lauren Gilger January 8, 2014
Survivors Unite to Lift the Veil on the Rape Kit Backlog RAINN October 28, 2014
The 2007 Survey of Law Enforcement Forensic Evidence Processing U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice Kevin J. Strom, et al. October 1, 2009
Making Sense of DNA Backlogs, 2012 - Myths vs. Reality National Institute of Justice Mark Nelson, Ruby Chase, and Lindsay DePalma January 1, 2014
The Road Ahead: Unanalyzed Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases National Institute of Justice Nancy Ritter May 1, 2011
Analysis of Untested Sexual Assault Kits in New Orleans National Institute of Justice Mark Nelson May 1, 2013
New Orleans Sexual Assault Evidence Project: Results and Recommendations National Institute of Justice Nancy Ritter September 1, 2013
Untested Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases: Using Research to Guide Policy and Practice National Institute of Justice Nancy Ritter January 1, 2013
Rape Kit Backlog Prompts Court Fight on Two Fronts The Daily News- Memphis Bill Dries August 26, 2014
Louisiana Senate Bill 296 Louisiana State Legislature Senator J.P. Morrell February 27, 2014
Serial Rapists Go Unidentified as Foundations Pony Up for Rape Kit Processing Nonprofit Quarterly Ruth McCambridge June 5, 2014
SAK testing initiative leads to indictment Xenia Gazette Scott Halasz October 19, 2014
Hank investigates: shocking backlog in DNA testing of rape kits WHDH NBC Hank Phillippi Ryan June 11, 2013
Cornyn bill to fight nation-wide rape kit backlog passes Congress Your Houston News March 3, 2013
Old rape kits: Scientists try to strike DNA match Yakima Herald Republic Monica Hesse June 20, 2014
Man continued pattern of sex crimes as thousands of Detroit rape kits went untested WXYZ (ABC7) Heather Catallo October 31, 2014
Worthy and UPS team up to track rape kits like online packages with new pilot program in Detroit WXYZ (ABC7) Heather Catallo November 4, 2014
New law addresses backlog of rape kits WWMT-TV October 15, 2014
NOPD looking to technology for crime fighting initiatives in 2011 WWLTV Eyewitness News Maya Rodriguez January 5, 2011
DNA backlog reveals past problems with NOPD and rape cases WWLTV Eyewitness News Katie Moore January 19, 2011
WSVP crime lab: Rape kit backlog a solvable problem Charleston Gazette Erin Beck September 28, 2014
Judge allows new DNA testing in 1996 Putnam rape case The Charleston Gazette Ryan Quinn August 20, 2014
WUSA9 Follow-Up: Dozens of rape survivors get justice WUSA9 Debra Alfarone August 12, 2014
Rape survivors fight back against injustice of rape kit backlog W*USA 9 October 17, 2014
Man suspected in 8-year-old rape case arrested WSVN 7 August 6, 2014

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