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 descending Author(s) Post Date
Police Refuse to Test 4-Year-Old's Sexual Assault Kit Indy Star Marisa Kwiatkowski October 12, 2017
Why 5,396 Sexual Assault Kits Went Untested in Indiana Indy Star Marisa Kwiatkowski December 1, 2017
Getting Away With It Inlander Mitch Ryals August 10, 2017
New Utah Crime Lab Tackles Rape Kit Testing with Robotics Laboratory Equipment Laura French September 11, 2017
Louisiana Senate Bill 296 Louisiana State Legislature Senator J.P. Morrell February 27, 2014
Rape Kit Backlog Prompts Court Fight on Two Fronts The Daily News- Memphis Bill Dries August 26, 2014
Daily Digest: Council Approves More Rape Kit Testing Funds Memphis Daily News Bill Dries December 18, 2014
Rape Kit Testing Leading to Indictments in Memphis Memphis Daily News The Associated Press January 22, 2015
Men's Silence Leads to Abuse The Daily News Kevin Reed June 24, 2015
DNA, Name On Dentures Yield Guilty Plea in Rape Case Memphis Flyer Toby Sells July 25, 2017
Ann Arbor police rank 6th in state for highest number of untested rape kits The Michigan Daily Emma Kerr, Riyah Basha January 29, 2016
Minnesota should require all jurisdictions to test all rape kits MinnPost Dr. Steven H. Miles December 10, 2015
Ammandale man arrested for child pornography is a 'person of interest' in Jacob Wetterling abduction MinnPost Joe Kimball October 29, 2015
Despite growing backlogs, no national standard for sexual assault evidence collection MuckRock Vanessa Nason April 12, 2017
There are finally federal guidelines for testing rape kits MuckRock Vanessa Nason August 11, 2017
Great sexual assault evidence collection policies exist, but continue to be the exception to the rule MuckRock Vanessa Nason July 12, 2017
San Jose’s rape kit backlog is over twice the official count MuckRock Vanessa Nason May 10, 2017
Biloxi wants to charge $5,000 for records on their rape kit backlog MuckRock Vanessa Nason May 31, 2017
Untested Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases: Using Research to Guide Policy and Practice National Institute of Justice Nancy Ritter January 1, 2013
New Orleans Sexual Assault Evidence Project: Results and Recommendations National Institute of Justice Nancy Ritter September 1, 2013
Analysis of Untested Sexual Assault Kits in New Orleans National Institute of Justice Mark Nelson May 1, 2013
The Road Ahead: Unanalyzed Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases National Institute of Justice Nancy Ritter April 30, 2011
Making Sense of DNA Backlogs, 2012 - Myths vs. Reality National Institute of Justice Mark Nelson, Ruby Chase, and Lindsay DePalma January 1, 2014
Five Things About Sexual Assault Kits U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Justice April 27, 2015
The 2007 Survey of Law Enforcement Forensic Evidence Processing U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice Kevin J. Strom, et al. October 1, 2009

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