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
Rape Kit Backlog Report Finds No Blame Memphis Daily News Bill Dries June 19, 2014
Hundreds of rape kits inside Jackson Police Dept. WBBJ-TV Victoria Taylor June 19, 2014
Rape Kit Controversy Continues After Report Memphis Daily News Bill Dries June 20, 2014
Old rape kits: Scientists try to strike DNA match Yakima Herald Republic Monica Hesse June 20, 2014
Rape kits, finally tested years later, lead to two arrests Sun Sentinel Linda Trischitta June 20, 2014
Rape kit testing, prompted by CALL7 Investigation, begins as CBI seeks help from labs across country 7NEWS Denver Keli Rabon and Sandra Barry June 20, 2014
Officials: Rape Kits That Sat For Years Without Testing Led To Arrests CBS Miami June 20, 2014
Hollywood Police Announce 2 Arrests in Connection With 2006, 2011 Sex Assaults NBC Miami Dan Krauth June 21, 2014
DNA evidence leads to arrest in 19-year-old West Palm Beach rape case Palm Beach Post Hannah Winston June 21, 2014
Did report on rape kit backlog let the city off the hook? WREG Memphis Ashley Crockett June 22, 2014
Senate Delay Threatens Funding for Thousands of Untested Rape Kits Autostraddle Kaitlyn June 23, 2014
Hollywood tackling issue of untested rape kits Sun Sentinel Susannah Bryan and Linda Trischitta June 23, 2014
Sen. Thatcher: There Is No Rape Kit Backlog Utah Public Radio Taylor Halversen June 24, 2014
Audit reveals numerous rape kits unanalyzed in Hollywood WPLG Local 10 Amanda Batchelor June 25, 2014
Gov. Rick Snyder to sign bill to speed rape kit testing Detroit Free Press Paul Egan June 26, 2014
Gov. Rick Snyder: Law requires sexual assault evidence kits be analyzed quickly to bring justice, peace of mind State of Michigan June 26, 2014
11,000 untested rape kits found in Detroit inspires new Michigan law to speed up process MLive Jonathan Oosting June 26, 2014
New Mich. law sets stricter rules for rape kits The Detroit News Chad Livengood June 26, 2014
Aurora police to make changes to DNA evidence storage, procedures The Denver Post Carlos Illescas June 27, 2014
Rape Evidence Backlog The New York Times The Editorial Board June 28, 2014
New state law requires faster processing of rape investigation kits WKZO Andrew Green June 30, 2014
DNA matters Toledo Blade July 3, 2014
More must be done to help victims of rape Courier-Post July 3, 2014
DeWine releases July Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative update The Pike County Daily July 3, 2014
Nearly 1,500 potential rapists identified so far through statewide testing initiative Jeremy Pelzer July 4, 2014


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