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 Datesort descending
Not all rape kits are processed for DNA in Hawaii Hawaii News Now Jim Mendoza March 12, 2014
State Senate Approves Bill To Eliminate Statute Of Limitations For Rape Cases WREG Memphis Michele Reese March 13, 2014
Bill would require study of rape kit backlog in Louisiana Lauren McGaughy March 18, 2014
Failure to test DNA let Cordova serial rapist continue attacks for decade The Commercial Appeal Marc Perrusquia March 21, 2014
Serial rapist could have been stopped years ago, says DA WMCTV 5 Justin Hanson March 21, 2014
Backlog Backlash: City Hall’s response to untested rape kits sparks resentment, questions The Memphis Daily News Bill Dries March 22, 2014
Louisiana Senate passes bill to inventory untested rape kits: Snapshot The Picayune Times Lauren McGaughy March 24, 2014
Bill to end backlog of rape kit DNA testing passes Assembly committee CBS 5 San Francisco Jeffrey Schaub March 25, 2014
California lawmakers pressuring law enforcement on rape kit backlog CBS13 Sacramento CBS13 March 25, 2014
Bill to expedite rape kit processing passes Assembly committee News 10 ABC Capitol Television News Service March 25, 2014
Rape kit backlog light in central Indiana RTV 6 ABC Kara Kenney March 27, 2014
Being raped in a bankrupt city BuzzFeed Emily Orley March 27, 2014
Memphis rape kit backlog triggers second lawsuit The Commercial Appeal Marc Perrusquia March 27, 2014
Second lawsuit filed over rape kit backlog The Memphis Daily News Bill Dries March 27, 2014
Rape victims: Indiana is failing RTV 6 ABC Kara Kenney March 27, 2014
Ohio Senate Bill 316 Ohio General Assembly Senator Capri Cafaro April 1, 2014
Federal funding needed for rape kit reform The Hill Sarah Tofte and AC Wharton April 1, 2014
Attorney General Mike DeWine announces more than 1,000 DNA hits from rape kit initiative The Cleveland Plain Dealer Rachel Dissell April 2, 2014
Serial rapist's victims talk about failures of investigation The Commercial Appeal Marc Perrusquia April 2, 2014
Rape Kit DNA Tests Yield 1,000-Plus Matches CBS Cleveland Associated Press April 3, 2014
Appeals court rules statements to doctors and nurses made by now-deceased woman who reported rape decades ago can be used by prosecutors The Cleveland Plain Dealer Rachel Dissell April 3, 2014
Rape Survivors Go Public in Backlog Lawsuit The Memphis Daily News Bill Dries April 4, 2014
Quickly Processed Rape Test Kit Led to Suspect's Arrest Rick Reitzel April 4, 2014
Illinois Senate Bill 2609 Illinois State Legislature Senator Mike Noland April 7, 2014
Illinois Senate approves rape kit testing extension Quad City Times T.J. Fowler April 7, 2014


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