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 ascending
Tiger selfie bans and rape kit rules among new laws for 2015 RT January 2, 2015
When is a kit not a kit? Best of New Orleans Alex Woodward December 29, 2014
Untested rape kits to be submitted to state before Jan. 1 KNOE-TV Ayla Ferrone December 29, 2014
Prosecutor: DNA links two felons to Capitol Hill rape KIRO-TV Natasha Chen December 29, 2014
Protests, Rape Kits, and Trolley Fires Memphis Flyer Bianca Phillips December 26, 2014
Nearly 2 dozen new Louisiana laws kick in with start of 2015 Miami Herald Melinda Deslatte December 26, 2014
It goes beyond Jameis: Three years to process Florida State rape kit New York Post Post Wire Report December 25, 2014
Serial rapists given lengthy prison sentences WKYC-TV December 22, 2014
Two more serial rapists convicted as a result of rape kit testing NewsNet5 ABC Ron Regan December 22, 2014
NOPD Downgrades Number of Untested Rape Kits WWNO Associated Press December 22, 2014
NOPD: Half of untested rape kits don't need testing, linked to outside investigations The Picayune Times Jennifer Larino December 20, 2014
When will the New Orleans Police Department make solving rapes a priority?: Editorial The Picayune Times The Editorial Board December 20, 2014
After 21 years, woman gang raped when she was 12 faces her attackers in court The Plain Dealer Rachel Dissell December 19, 2014
Rape Kit Testing Law Passes, Heads to Ohio Governor's Desk RH Reality Check Nina Liss-Schultz December 19, 2014
With new law, Ohio continues trend toward national leadership on rape kit testing The Plain Dealer Rachel Dissell December 19, 2014
NOPD faces backlog of 400 rape kits FOX 8 News WVUE-TV Cain Burdeau December 19, 2014
Daily Digest: Council Approves More Rape Kit Testing Funds Memphis Daily News Bill Dries December 18, 2014
Untested rape kits pile up again; latest blow to NOPD's Special Victims Unit The Picayune Times Richard Rainey December 18, 2014
Memphis City Council action reduces rape-kit funding gap The Commercial Appeal Kyle Veazey December 17, 2014
Mandatory rape kit testing approved by Ohio House The Plain Dealer Jackie Borchardt December 17, 2014
45 Indictments Returned In Backlog Rape Kit Testing FOX13 Matt Gerien December 16, 2014
Boulder County launches new program to provide rape kit exams locally for first time in a decade The Denver Channel Keli Rabon and Sandra Berry December 16, 2014
Editorial: Jindal executive order a good call The Shreveport Times Times Editorial Board December 15, 2014
Agency curbs rape kit testing Dubuque Telegraph Herald Associated Press December 14, 2014
DOJ: No rape evidence testing without consent Wisconsin Law Journal Todd Richmond December 14, 2014


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