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.

Titlesort ascending Source Author(s) Post Date
Bill mandating rape-kit data clears California Assembly Mercury News Alison Noon May 12, 2016
Bill mandates deadlines for rape kit testing Michigan Public Radio Virginia Gordan April 24, 2014
Bill Introduced to Reduce National Rape Kit Backlog 2News September 6, 2017
Bill Introduced in the Senate to Allow Rapid DNA Testing to be Performed by Law Enforcement Officials Business Wire December 3, 2015
Bill heading to Gov. Wolf aims to speed DNA testing in sex assault cases Penn Live Matt Miller July 2, 2015
Bill Grappling with Massive Backlog of Sexual Assault Kits Likely Headed to House Floor Alaska Commons Craig Tuten April 2, 2017
Bill expanding statute of limitations for rape cases passes Ohio legislature Jeremy Pelzer June 30, 2015
Bill could get untested rape kits off police shelves Joseph P. Smith The Daily Journal July 16, 2015
Bill Cosby might have changed the way police investigate rape The Washington Post Danielle Paquette February 2, 2016
Bill Cosby and the case for ending statute of limitations of rape VOX Emily Crockett January 6, 2016
Bill Calls for All Sexual Assault Kits for Adult Victims to be Tested in Utah Deseret News Preston Cathcart January 25, 2018
Bill Awaiting Gov. Charlie Baker's Signature Creates Inventory of Untested Rape Kits Mass Live Melissa Hanson April 5, 2018
Bill aims to speed up sexual assault investigations in Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Danielle Fox July 7, 2015
Bill Aims to Help Albuquerque Clear Rape Kit Backlog KOB4 Kai Porter February 1, 2018
Bill aimed at reducing backlog in processing rape kits passes Ohio Senate WMFJ June 16, 2014
Bill Addresses Rape Kit Backlog, LANL Could Resume Nuclear Trigger Production KUNM January 25, 2016
Bill addresses funding to deal with rape kit backlog KOB4 Kai Porter January 25, 2017
Biden, Lynch to address untested rape kits at NYC event USA TODAY Steve Reilly September 5, 2015
Biden to visit Baltimore to promote rape kit funding The Baltimore Sun Matthew Hay Brown March 9, 2015
Biden Pledges $41 Million In Federal Funding for Rape Kit Backlog Refinery 29 Elizabeth Kiefer March 18, 2015
Biden on funding for rape kit testing Baltimore Sun March 16, 2015
Biden calls rape kit testing 'absolute priority' The Baltimore Sun John Fritze March 16, 2015
Biden Announces Grants to End Rape Kit Bavklog Newsweek Victoria Bekiempis and Michele Richinick September 10, 2015
Biden and Mikulski Highlight Funding for Clearing Rape Kit Backlog Delmarva Public Radio Don Rush March 16, 2015
Beyond the 'backlog' of untested rape kits Bend Bulletin Claire Withycombe July 5, 2015


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