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 Sourcesort ascending Author(s) Post Date
Local agencies unite to address backlog of sexual assault kits, community response Local 15 TV Keith Lane December 5, 2016
Wisconsin DOJ Launches Program To Address Backlog Of Untested Sexual Assault Evidence Kits SDPB Kristian Knutsen January 31, 2017
Virginia Legislature Senate Bill 658 Virginia General Assembly Richard H. Black and Adam Ebbin January 17, 2014
Bill to track sexual assault evidence kits passes Senate Public Safety Committee LGBT Weekly Steve Lee June 6, 2017
Legislators Unite with Advocates to Revamp Rights for Sexual Assault Survivors Legislative Gazette Alexa Appel March 5, 2018
New Jersey Legislature Assembly Bill 1084 New Jersey State Legislature Valerie Vainieri Huttle January 16, 2014
California Legislature Assembly Bill 1517 California State Legislature Nancy Skinner January 16, 2014
Utah House Bill 157 Utah State Legislature Rep. Jennifer M. Seelig, Sen. Stephen H. Urquhart February 21, 2014
Rape Kits: New Funding to Bring Victims Justice Law Street Jessica McLaughlin September 26, 2015
Rape kits: LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says progress made analyzing evidence Los Angeles Times Joel Rubin December 9, 2010
Metro Police receive grants to clear backlog of rape kits Las Vegas Sun Megan Messerly September 10, 2015
Rape, suspended in time Las Vegas Sun Megan Messerly September 7, 2015
Rape Crisis Center expands to meet increased need Las Vegas Sun Megan Messerly October 8, 2015
Revamped survey finds fewer backlogged sexual assault evidence kits LancasterOnline Heather Stauffer May 8, 2017
This State Assembly Bill Could Help End California's Notorious Rape Kit Backlog LAist Emma Specter May 26, 2017
Federal funds help process hundreds of backlogged rape kits Lagniappe Jason Johnson November 18, 2015
Victim testifies in sexual assault trial La Crosse Tribune Anne Jungen January 20, 2016
Austin Budget Request Aims to Better Support Survivors of Sexual Assault KXAN Kylie McGivern September 6, 2017
Attorney says Boone Elementary School rape kit stuck in backlog KXAN Kylie McGivern May 5, 2017
Rape kit retention bill headed to Idaho governor's desk KXAN Phil Prazan March 20, 2017
State forensics looking to streamline rape kits in Texas KXAN Gigi Barnett February 10, 2017
APD’s backlog on cases mount as lab remains shuttered KXAN Cally Bien and Leslie Rangel September 16, 2016
Victims' advocates seeking justice for 1,400 DNA cases left in limbo KXAN Claire Ricke September 1, 2016
More sexual assault evidence collection kits could head to state labs KWQC Kiya Edwards September 10, 2015
First Conviction in Utah from Backlogged Rape Kit Tests KUTV Chris Jones January 31, 2018


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