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)sort descending Post Date
New bill aims to end backlog in untested rape kits KATU 2 Stephen Mayer January 29, 2016
Riverside: Grant will allow testing of rape kits The Press Enterprise Stephen Wall September 10, 2015
DA's Office Adds Staff In Anticipation Of Influx In Rape Cases From DNA Testing Dallas Observer Stephen Young June 25, 2015
Hillsborough commissioners to Gov. Rick Scott: Address untested rape kits now Tampa Bay Times Steve Contorno December 16, 2015
San Juan County 'rape kits' go untested Farmington Daily Times Steve Garrison November 21, 2015
Bill to track sexual assault evidence kits passes Senate Public Safety Committee LGBT Weekly Steve Lee June 6, 2017
'I was begging for my life,' victim testifies at East Pennsboro Twp. rape-at-gunpoint case Penn Live Steve Marroni December 14, 2015
West Virginia man convicted in East Pennsboro Twp. rape-at-gunpoint case Penn Live Steve Marroni December 20, 2015
York County man faces 29 to 58 years behind bars for kidnapping, rape of 7 year old Penn Live Steve Marroni May 31, 2015
State audit underway of untested sexual assault evidence kits Las Cruces Sun-News Steve Ramirez June 29, 2016
State audit underway of untested sexual assault evidence kits Las Cruces Sun-News Steve Ramirez June 29, 2016
After USA NETWORK Investigation, rape-kit reforms flood state legislatures USA TODAY Steve Reilly March 10, 2016
70,000 untested rape kits USA Today found is fraction of total KHOU Steve Reilly July 16, 2015
State, local officials reviewing or changing policies on rape-kit testing USA TODAY Steve Reilly July 20, 2015
Biden, Lynch to address untested rape kits at NYC event USA TODAY Steve Reilly September 5, 2015
No action on rape kits despite new laws, federal money USA Today Steve Reilly July 17, 2015
Update: Virginia to get $1.4M to test backlogged rape kits ABC 13 News Now Steve Reilly September 10, 2015
Tens of thousands of rape kits go untested across USA USA Today Steve Reilly July 16, 2015
Congress slated to increase rape kit funding by $45M USA Today Steve Reilly December 16, 2015
Senate chairman demands action on rape kits USA Today Steve Reilly August 7, 2015
More than 40 police agencies to get $79M to test rape kits USA TODAY Steve Reilly and Charisse Jones September 10, 2015
Records Show Majority of Collected Rape Kits Are Never Tested Fox42 Steve Saunders October 27, 2017
Phoenix PD: DNA leads to arrest in '06 sex assault case CBS 5 AZ Steve Stout May 13, 2014
Scott Wants Money For FL Rape Kit Backlog News Talk Florida Steve Summers November 18, 2015
DNA test gives authorities a chance to prosecute a 2003 rape in Berks County Reading Eagle Steven Henshaw February 7, 2017

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