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
California Legislature Assembly Bill 1517 California State Legislature Nancy Skinner January 16, 2014
New Jersey Legislature Assembly Bill 1084 New Jersey State Legislature Valerie Vainieri Huttle January 16, 2014
Oklahoma Legislature Senate Bill 2041 Oklahoma State Legislature Constance Johnson January 16, 2014
Rape kits found untested at Hollywood PD WSVN News 7 Carmel Cafiero and Danny Cohen January 15, 2014
Tennessee Legislature Senate Bill 1426/House Bill 1373 Tennessee General Assembly Karen Camper, G.A. Hardaway, Mark Norris January 14, 2014
TN legislature to take on untested rape kits WREG Memphis Adam Hammond January 9, 2014
Rape suspect Melvin Yarbor back behind bars after ABC15 investigation ABC15 Dave Biscobing and Lauren Gilger January 8, 2014
Tennessee Legislature House Bill 1388 Tennessee General Assembly Antonio Parkinson January 6, 2014
Several Utah police agencies have stockpiles of unprocessed rape kits The Salt Lake Tribune Erin Albertyand Janelle Stecklein January 3, 2014
Untested rape kits submitted to BCI exceeds 5,000 kits Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine Ohio Attorney General News Release January 2, 2014
Making Sense of DNA Backlogs, 2012 - Myths vs. Reality National Institute of Justice Mark Nelson, Ruby Chase, and Lindsay DePalma January 1, 2014
Rape Victims Sue Police Over Decade-Long Rape Kit Backlog MintPress News Katie Rucke December 27, 2013
Special squad gets forensic kit for rape investigation The Times of India Mohammed Akhef December 19, 2013
State police analyze backlog of 4,000 rape kits Chicago Tribune Annie Sweeney December 18, 2013
MPD Director: We're 'sending' 400 backlogged rape kits a month WMC-TV 5 Kontji Anthony December 17, 2013
Rape victim gets justice 11 years after assault WMC-TV 5 Nick Kenney December 12, 2013
If We Want To Take Sexual Assault Seriously, We Need To Test Thousands Of Rape Kits First ThinkProgress Tara Culp-Ressler December 10, 2013
Cleveland police expect all untested rape kits to be cleared out by late spring The Cleveland Plain Dealer Rachel Dissell December 3, 2013
Ohio AG | December Sexual Assault kit testing stats WKYC Kim Wendel December 2, 2013
Many rape kits tested, many more to be done WKYC Tom Beres November 20, 2013
Cleveland's police chief explains backlog in DNA testing involving rape kit evidence ABC News Channel 5 Ron Regan November 20, 2013
Decades old rape cases solved following surge in DNA rape kit testing program ABC News Channel 5 Ron Regan November 18, 2013
Thousands of Detroit rape victims may never see justice Al Jazeera America Bisi Onile-Ere November 13, 2013
Colorado Springs Police have nearly 20% of all untested rape kits in Colorado ABC7 Denver Keli Rabon November 9, 2013
Chief: MPD [Memphis Police Department] has 12,000 untested rape kits SF Gate AP November 7, 2013


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