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 Source Author(s) Post Datesort ascending
Victims wait for justice as rape kits sit in lab backlogs WLKY Louisville Mark Vanderhoff July 28, 2014
Judge says Texas man innocent in rape The Houston Chronicle July 25, 2014
New DNA crime lab promises faster results WSOC Charlotte Greg Suskin July 25, 2014
Justice delayed: Texas man first to be cleared by DNA review of old rape kits The Christian Science Monitor Stacy Teicher Khadaroo July 25, 2014
Man sentenced to 40 years after DNA found in untested rape kit 89 WLS July 25, 2014
Chicago Man Sentenced To 40 years After DNA Found In Untested Rape Kit CBS Chicago Sun-Times Media Wire July 24, 2014
DNA testing exonerates Dallas man but real rapist goes free for 1990 crime culturemap Dallas Claire St. Amant July 24, 2014
Prosecutors question rape kit preservation The Virginian-Pilot Elizabeth Hulette July 24, 2014
Dallas County To Exonerate Man Who Didn't Request DNA Testing KERA News Eric Assen, Lauren Silverman and Bill Zeeble July 24, 2014
Cleveland's last backlogged rape kits to be tested The Houston Chronicle July 23, 2014
Cleveland has cleared backlog of 3,985 untested rape kits Cleveland.com Rachel Dissell July 22, 2014
After 19 years, man charged with attempted rape The Journal Times Kristen Zambo July 21, 2014
Sitting on the evidence The Economist July 19, 2014
After DNA test, man charged with 2001 rape of Valparaiso woman Post-Tribune July 18, 2014
Colorado rape kits finally being tested, but police must act before statute of limitations runs out The Denver Channel Keli Rabon July 18, 2014
In Hot Pursuit of Cold Cases Time Charlotte Alter July 17, 2014
Here’s What Happens When You Get a Rape Kit Exam Time Charlotte Alter July 17, 2014
Two dozen DNA matches found in first 150 rape kits tested under new law The Denver Channel Keli Rabon and Sandra Barry July 17, 2014
Memphis Police official says rape kit backlog is shrinking The Commercial Appeal Daniel Connolly July 15, 2014
State needs to address lag in DNA testing The Citizen-Times July 15, 2014
MPD, council committee: rape kit testing makes progress WMC Action News 5 Nick Kenney July 15, 2014
Processing the rape kit backlog, and giving survivors back dignity Processing the rape kit backlog, and giving survivors back dignity Marjorie B. Signer July 14, 2014
New rape kit guidelines a ‘good thing’ New Jersey Herald Jessica Masulli Reyes July 12, 2014
Rape kits untested for years after victims name Michael Miller, now charged in separate sex assault The Denver Channel Keli Rabon, Sandra Barry, Catherine Shelley July 11, 2014
Grayson County Looks to Add Rape Kit Testing KTEN July 10, 2014

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