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 descending Post Date
Audit of all untested rape kits across the state could help determine storage needs MassLive Scott J. Croteau July 13, 2017
Georgia, Florida still battling backlog of rape kits News 4 JAX Scott Johnson December 12, 2016
Investigation: Why many rape kits aren't tested News 4 JAX Scott Johnson January 7, 2016
Sexual assault victims charged up to $1,200 In Wisconsin for cost of their rape kits Think Progress Scott Keyes July 29, 2012
Nevada attorney general expects to receive first results from rape kit backlog News 4 Scott Magruder May 31, 2016
Too Many Rapes Dismissed East Bay Express Scott Morris January 16, 2018
Houston's rape kit backlog cleared, but thousands of kits untested nationwide KHOU Scott Noll July 16, 2015
Hundreds of sexual assault kits untested in NELA The News Star Scott Rogers July 16, 2015
26 years later, man convicted in girl's rape Albuquerque Journal Scott Sandlin June 3, 2015
Texas rape kit database passes House Austin American-Statesman Sean Collins Walsh April 11, 2017
Dallas County DA urges U.S. senators to keep funding post-conviction DNA tests Dallas News Sean Collins Walsh March 20, 2012
Federal funds to help GA sexual assault kit backlog WTOC Sean Evans September 14, 2015
Bill seeks state rape-kit standards Tallahassee Democrat Sean Rossman January 5, 2016
Local agencies report 267 untested rape kits Tallahassee Democrat Sean Rossman January 4, 2015
Rape Kit Halts Inmate Release, Links Him to 4 Rapes Fox28 Sean Rowe October 14, 2014
KS Bureau of Investigation Receives Grant To Investigate Untested Rape Kits KMUW 89.1 Sean Sandefur September 11, 2015
New U.S. rape survivors law may encourage more to press charges, experts say Daily Mail Sebastien Malo October 10, 2016
Arizona Senate Bill 1429 Arizona State Legislature Sen. Katie Hobbs February 10, 2015
Leahy Ushers Legislation To Reduce Rape Kit Backlogs Sen. Patrick Leahy September 18, 2014
S.8222: Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2013 United States Senate Sen. Patrick Leahy (Sponsor) April 25, 2013
Ohio Senate Bill 316 Ohio General Assembly Senator Capri Cafaro April 1, 2014
Grassley Statement at a Judiciary Committee Hearing on the Rape Kit Backlog Senator Chuck Grassley Senator Chuck Grassley May 20, 2015
Senate Joint Resolution 20 Kentucky Senate Senator Denise Harper February 26, 2015
Louisiana Senate Bill 296 Louisiana State Legislature Senator J.P. Morrell February 27, 2014
Cornyn: It's time for sexual assault victims to find justice in U.S. The Houston Chronicle Senator John Cornyn April 23, 2014


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