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
What's In A Rape Kit? Yahoo Healthy Refinery29 March 28, 2015
FACT SHEET: Investments to Reduce the National Rape Kit Backlog and Combat Violence Against Women The White House Office of the Press Secretary March 16, 2015
Untested Rape Kits: FAQ The Marshall Project Clare Sestanovich February 27, 2015
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 Testing Leading to Indictments in Memphis Memphis Daily News The Associated Press January 22, 2015
Daily Digest: Council Approves More Rape Kit Testing Funds Memphis Daily News Bill Dries December 18, 2014
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
After night of terror, years of anguish, she finds meaning The Boston Globe Yvonne Abraham March 22, 2015
What Is A Rape Kit? TestTube Julia Wilde January 16, 2015
Houston Finds 850 DNA Matches after Eliminating Rape Kit Backlog The Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan February 26, 2015
FY2016 Budget Proposes $41M Program to End Rape Kit Backlog The Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan February 3, 2015
Serial Rapists Go Unidentified as Foundations Pony Up for Rape Kit Processing Nonprofit Quarterly Ruth McCambridge June 5, 2014
Ohio Senate Bill 316 Ohio General Assembly Senator Capri Cafaro April 1, 2014
Senate Joint Resolution 20 Kentucky Senate Senator Denise Harper February 26, 2015
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

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