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
AG: First two indictments from untested rape kits NBC3 WKYC Kim Wendel March 14, 2013
First indictment out of statewide rape comes 1 day too late for 20-year statute of limitations The Cleveland Plain Dealer Leila Atassi March 14, 2013
Untested rape kits closer to being tested after bill prompted by CALL7 Investigation passes cmte. ABC7 Denver Keli Rabon, Tak Landrock March 7, 2013
Cornyn bill to fight nation-wide rape kit backlog passes Congress Your Houston News March 2, 2013
Council OKs $4.4 million plan to erase rape kit backlog Houston Chronicle Mike Morris February 26, 2013
850 DNA Matches in FBI Database after Houston Clears Rape Kit Backlog Huffington Post Juan A. Lozano February 23, 2013
Dart says Robbins rape kits dating back to '86 sent to Illinois state police Chicago-Sun Times Casey Toner February 18, 2013
Dozens of rape kits found sitting in Robbins police department CBS2 Chicago Ron Johnson, Brad Edwards February 18, 2013
Crime lab works to clear backlog of untested rape kits Repository Associated Press February 17, 2013
DNA evidence in untested rape kits may hold the key to solving years-old sexual assault cases The Cleveland Plain Dealer Rachel Dissell February 16, 2013
Prosecutor leads effort to test long-abandoned rape kits, brings justice to victims NBC RockCenter Mario Garcia, Kristen Powers and Jessica Hopper February 14, 2013
Private Contractors Proposed By Mayor To Clear Houston's Rape Kit Backlog NPR KUHF Houston Pat Hernandez February 13, 2013
Mayor announces $4.4 M plan to cut rape kit backlog Houston Chronicle Anita Hassan, Mike Morris February 12, 2013
2,300 untested rape kits sent to state crime lab to help solve Ohio cases ABC5 Cleveland Associated Press February 1, 2013
Untested rape kits pile up in Davenport evidence room Quad-City Times Brian Wellner January 21, 2013
Evidence of rape ignored The New York Times Editorial Staff January 19, 2013
Colorado House Bill 13-1020 Colorado General Assembly Rep. Frank McNulty January 9, 2013
Clearing Texas rape kit backlog brings hefty price tag The Texas Tribune Brandi Grissom January 3, 2013
SAFER Act will help rape victims get justice they deserve The Hill January 1, 2013
Untested Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases: Using Research to Guide Policy and Practice National Institute of Justice Nancy Ritter January 1, 2013
Oregon Sexual Assault Examiner (SAE)/ Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Certification Commission Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner December 31, 2012
Years delayed, Detroit starts testing rape kits for evidence NPR WlRN Florida Editorial Staff December 29, 2012
Most government hospitals don't use WHO-approved rape kits Mid Day Naveen Nair December 21, 2012
McNulty hones in on untested rape kits Our Colorado News Ryan Boldrey December 18, 2012
Lawmakers approve $1 million to continue testing backlogged rape kits Nevada Appeal December 16, 2012


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