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) Post Date
This Mother Is Demanding a Test for DNA, Even If It Proves Her Son Is Guilty of Rape Sacramento Bee Anita Chabria and Darrell Smith May 4, 2018
Reduction in Backlog of Rape Kits is Praiseworthy Statesman Journal Statesman Journal Staff May 3, 2018
MPD to Start Using Online System to Better Track Rape Kits Fox13 Memphis Jim Spiewak May 3, 2018
Bill to Aid Sexual Assault Victims Approved Cordova Times Cordova Times Staff May 3, 2018
Take Action on Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Reform Before End of Session Connecticut News Junkie Laura Cordes and Ilse Knecht May 3, 2018
CBS4 Investigation Finds Indiana’s Approach to Sexual Assault Inconsistent, Especially for Rape Kits CBS4 Indy Jill Glavan April 26, 2018
Washington Working through Rape Kit Backlog but Has Several Thousand to Go Q13 Fox Simon Del Rosario April 26, 2018
Rape Kit Backlog Delays Justice in Tumwater K5 News April 26, 2018
Why Minnesota Law Enforcement Agencies Have Thousands of Untested Rape Kits Statewide SC Times Nora G. Hertel April 26, 2018
'I Took the Calls:' Alameda Co. DA Was a Rape Crisis Volunteer during Golden State Killer Era Fox KTVU Lisa Fernandez April 26, 2018
Focus on Untested Rape Kits in California after East Area Rapist Suspect Arrest Sacramento Bee Angela Hart April 26, 2018
Former Alaska Trooper Will Chip Away at Rape Kit Backlog Daily News-Miner Erin Granger April 26, 2018
After 40 Years, Persistence, Publicity and DNA Evidence Pay Off in East Area Rapist Case Sacramento Bee Sacramento Bee Editorial Board April 25, 2018
More Than 3,800 Untested Rape Kits in Jefferson County WBRC Bree Sison April 25, 2018
Albuquerque Launches New Hotline for Assault Victims KRQE KRQE Media April 25, 2018
Grant Will Help LA Clear DNA Testing Backlog Courthouse News Martin Macias, Jr. April 25, 2018
Marion Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Teen; Rape Kit Wasn't Tested for Five Years Journal Sentinel Alison Dirr and Keegan Kyle April 25, 2018
Effort Underway to Speed up Rape Kit Processing in Santa Clara County ABC7 Chris Nguyen April 25, 2018
Initial Results Expected Soon on Previously Untested Rape Kits KUSI News Sasha Foo April 24, 2018
District Attorney Announces Update in the Testing of Rape Kits CBS8 Shannon Handy April 24, 2018
Missouri Applies for Sexual Assault Kit Testing Grant KOMU8 Abby Dodge April 23, 2018
Georgia Agency Reports Progress in State’s Rape Kit Backlog Seattle Times Associated Press April 22, 2018
State Getting Convictions As It Slowly Works Through Rape Kit Backlog Arizona Daily Independent Cronkite News April 22, 2018
Missouri Designates $3M for Sexual Assault Evidence Testing News & Observer Associated Press April 20, 2018
Senate Adds Money for Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Testing Missourian Tyler Wornell April 19, 2018


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