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)sort ascending Post Date
Why rape evidence kits should all be tested in San Diego The San Diego Union-Tribune Suzanne Morse & Lori Saldaña July 27, 2017
Hollywood tackling issue of untested rape kits Sun Sentinel Susannah Bryan and Linda Trischitta June 23, 2014
Hollywood police find untested rape kits in evidence room refrigerator Sun Sentinel Susannah Bryan February 10, 2014
Rape Kit Backlog Hits Primetime on “SVU” Ms. Magazine Susan Rubin October 5, 2010
To catch a rapist: the true saga of an evidence backlog The Santa Barbara Independent Susan Rose July 10, 2013
Audit points to causes of New Mexico's rape kit backlog Associated Press Susan Montoya Bryan December 6, 2016
Sexual Assault Cases Go Under Microscope in New Mexico Santa Fe New Mexican Susan Montoya Bryan September 1, 2017
Convicted sex offender charged with sexual assault of 6-year-old in Stickney Chicago Sun-Times Sun-Times Wire July 21, 2015
Chicago Man Sentenced To 40 years After DNA Found In Untested Rape Kit CBS Chicago Sun-Times Media Wire July 24, 2014
Man gets 20 years after DNA match leads to conviction for 2006 sexual assault Chicago Sun-Times Sun Times Wire August 20, 2015
Florida must clear rape kit backlog Sun Sentinel Editorial Board Sun Sentinel September 18, 2015
Carlton: Get real on Florida's untested rape kits Tampa Bay Times Sue Carlton November 6, 2015
Lawmakers looking at bills to address rape kit backlog, but money tight KOB 4 Stuart Dyson February 2, 2016
At least 148 rape kits in Tippecanoe not tested JConline Steven Porter July 17, 2015
DNA test gives authorities a chance to prosecute a 2003 rape in Berks County Reading Eagle Steven Henshaw February 7, 2017
Scott Wants Money For FL Rape Kit Backlog News Talk Florida Steve Summers November 18, 2015
Phoenix PD: DNA leads to arrest in '06 sex assault case CBS 5 AZ Steve Stout May 13, 2014
Records Show Majority of Collected Rape Kits Are Never Tested Fox42 Steve Saunders October 27, 2017
More than 40 police agencies to get $79M to test rape kits USA TODAY Steve Reilly and Charisse Jones September 10, 2015
After USA NETWORK Investigation, rape-kit reforms flood state legislatures USA TODAY Steve Reilly March 10, 2016
70,000 untested rape kits USA Today found is fraction of total KHOU Steve Reilly July 16, 2015
No action on rape kits despite new laws, federal money USA Today Steve Reilly July 17, 2015
State, local officials reviewing or changing policies on rape-kit testing USA TODAY Steve Reilly July 20, 2015
Biden, Lynch to address untested rape kits at NYC event USA TODAY Steve Reilly September 5, 2015
Update: Virginia to get $1.4M to test backlogged rape kits ABC 13 News Now Steve Reilly September 10, 2015


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