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
State Lawmakers Briefed on County Police Sexual Assault Kits Backlog Hawaii Public Radio Wayne Yoshioka December 15, 2016
With new money, state chips away at daunting backlog of rape evidence — but can’t keep up Seattle Times Sara Jean Green December 15, 2016
Two acquitted, one sentenced in separate local rape cases The Commercial Appeal Katie Fretland December 15, 2016
Nation Has Epidemic of Rape Kits Sitting on Shelves for Years. One Serial Rapist Went Free for Over Decade... Independent Journal Review Jed Smith December 15, 2016
Herald Editorial: Where are the rest of Utah's elected officials working to combat rapists and sexual assault offenders? Daily Herald Daily Herald Editorial Board December 15, 2016
If Utah values women's lives, it won't allow another rape kit to go untested Standard-Examiner Standard-Examiner Editorial Board December 15, 2016
Trial reset in 2004 rape case The Herald-Dispatch Courtney Hessler December 14, 2016
Arrest made in 2005 Eugene rape case The Register-Guard Jack Moran December 14, 2016
Rape survivor, exoneree credit testing of old DNA samples with solving cases Dallas News Naheed Rajwani December 14, 2016
Texas Senator Strives to Improve Rape Kit Backlog NBC DFW Ashleigh Barry December 14, 2016
Evidence on Ice Santa Fe Reporter Elizabeth Miller December 14, 2016
Utah lawmaker pledges bill to mandate rape-kit testing The Salt Lake Tribune Jessica Miller December 13, 2016
Suspected serial rapist allowed to freely walk Memphis streets for 12 years WBRC Jerry Askin December 13, 2016
N.H. Supreme Court affirms rape, murder conviction of Seth Mazzaglia for 2012 strangulation of Westboro teen Elizabeth 'Lizzi' Marriott Boston Herald Laurel J. Sweet December 13, 2016
State task force meets to discuss rape kits Statesman Journal Whitney M. Woodworth December 12, 2016
Georgia, Florida still battling backlog of rape kits News 4 JAX Scott Johnson December 12, 2016
Editorial: Omaha nurse honored for her support of rape victims Omaha World-Herald Omaha World-Herald Editorial Board December 12, 2016
Black female scientist using $324K grant to research rape investigation methods Mic Claire Lampen December 12, 2016
Editorial: Clearing rape kit backlog should be made a priority Albuquerque Journal Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board December 12, 2016
Lawmakers must recognize need for state crime lab funding Bluefield Daily Telegraph Samantha Perry December 11, 2016
Victim advocates work to reduce trauma, support rape response Grand Forks Herald Andrew Hazzard December 9, 2016
Maryland lawmakers call for uniform police standards on rape kits The Baltimore Sun Alison Knezevich and Catherine Rentz December 9, 2016
Cold case solved after 12 y/o rape kit tested WREG Eryn Taylor December 8, 2016
Beshear announces ‘Tool Kit’ to support law enforcement in backlog investigations, prosecutions The State Journal Kentucky Press News Service December 7, 2016
Justice Delayed The Portland Mercury Megan Burbank December 7, 2016


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