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 descending
Helping Ohio Crime Victims Intelligencer Editorial Board September 6, 2017
As Nevada Chips Away at Its Rape Kit Backlog with One-Time Funds, Officials Eye Permanent Solution Nevada Independent Megan Messerly and Michelle Rindels September 10, 2017
New Utah Crime Lab Tackles Rape Kit Testing with Robotics Laboratory Equipment Laura French September 11, 2017
More Than 2,000 Untested Rape Kits in Wisconsin Involve Possible Child Victims USA Today Keegan Kyle September 11, 2017
An Iowa Woman Has Waited 7 Months for Her Rape Kit to Be Tested While Her Accused Taker Remains Free. She's Not Alone Des Moines Register Kathy A. Bolten September 14, 2017
Signs of Optimism at Troubled Crime Lab Austin Chronicle Sarah Marloff September 15, 2017
City Seeks Contract to Address Rape Kit Backlog KOB4 Caleb James September 15, 2017
Editorial: Best and Worst of Sacramento’s End-of-Session Crunch San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board September 15, 2017
Bill That Would Help Reduce California's Backlog of Untested Rape Kits Heads to Governor's Desk Los Angeles Times Mina Corpuz September 15, 2017
Justice Delayed is Justice Denied: Eliminate Rape Kit Backlogs Huffington Post Fiona Ma September 15, 2017
Should Iowa Test DNA Evidence Even When The Victim Doesn't Want It Done? Des Moines Register Kathy A. Bolten September 17, 2017
New Law Lets Texas Drivers Help Tackle The State's Rape Kit Testing Backlog Texas Tribune Jim Malewitz September 18, 2017
The Implosion of Austin’s Crime Lab: A Timeline Austin Monitor Cate Malek and Luis Pedraza September 18, 2017
Despite Austin’s Crime Lab Meltdown, Texas Is Working to Clear Its DNA Backlog Austin Monitor Cate Malek and Luis Pedraza September 20, 2017
Untested Rape Exam Kits Number Thousands in Indiana Indiana Lawyer Dave Stafford September 20, 2017
Failing to Fund Crime Lab Victimizes Crime Victims Des Moines Register Des Moines Register Editorial Board September 20, 2017
BYU Nursing Professor Helps Change Utah’s Sexual Violence Policies Daily Universe Lauren Malner September 20, 2017
Work To Clear Rape Evidence Kit Backlog Slowly Progressing Albuquerque Journal Maggie Shepard September 22, 2017
Editorial: 6 Bills Gov. Jerry Brown Must Sign San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board September 24, 2017
Assault Survivor to Sue City, Officials Over Rape Kit Backlog Houston Chronicle Gabrielle Banks September 25, 2017
Wisconsin Clears Less Than 5 Percent of Backlogged Rape Kits Post-Crescent Keegan Kyle September 27, 2017
Wisconsin DOJ Sets Up Website to Track Sex Assault Kit Tests News and Observer Associated Press September 27, 2017
Concerns Continue Over Funding for Testing Rape Kits Houston Chronicle Alejandra Matos September 27, 2017
City Attorney Pushes to Have Backlog of Untested Rape Kits Cleared in San Diego 7News Anna Conkey September 29, 2017
Battling the Backlog: More Than 1,100 Potentially Untested and Unsolved Sexual Assault Kits in KC 23 ABC News Bakersfield Jessica Harrington & Joe Conroy October 1, 2017

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