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
Expert: Recent reforms by the New Orleans Police Department will help sex crimes victims The Advocate Tania Tetlow August 24, 2015
Letter: If there's no war on women, explain these stats AZ Central Tammy Caputi October 11, 2015
7 Investigates: Processing rape kits a priority in Idaho KTVB Tami Tremblay July 20, 2015
Florida's top lawyer wants quicker processing of rape kits, backlog numbers in the thousands Chron Tamara Lush September 9, 2015
State: Florida has backlog of 13,000-plus untested rape kits Washington Times Tamara Lush January 4, 2015
Florida data show 10,900 sexual-assault kits still untested Orlando Sentinel Tamara Lush November 3, 2015
This nurse’s refrigerator is full of untested rape kits. Here’s why Pioneer Press Tad Vezner February 20, 2017
Ky. Auditor Adam Edelen compiling report on untested rape kits WHAS 11 Tabnie Dozier July 8, 2015
Illinois Senate approves rape kit testing extension Quad City Times T.J. Fowler April 7, 2014
Inside the Police Failure to Stop Darren Sharper's Rape Spree Newsweek T Christian Miller, Ryan Gabrielson, Ramon Antonio Varga, John Simerman April 11, 2015
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


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