The Backlog

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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 ascending Post Date
Identifying rapist through DNA testing of old kits can bring victims pain, gain Columbus Dispatch Sharon Cohen June 1, 2015
Will new focus on rape kit tests put thousands behind bars? Associated Press Sharon Cohen May 31, 2015
Rape kit backlog reflects failure of justice in Alaska Alaska Dispatch News Shannyn Moore September 6, 2016
Agencies say they're following law with untested rape kits Star Tribune Shannon Prather and Karen Zamora December 8, 2015
Unprocessed justice: investigating the rape kit backlog CBS7 West Texas Shannon Murray July 22, 2012
Lawmakers visit Midland to address rape kit backlog CBS7 West Texas Shannon Murray October 9, 2012
Sen. Gardner pushes for audit of state crime lab, cites rape kit backlog and abuse allegations KTVA Shannon Kemp May 7, 2015
SDPD has nearly 3,000 untested rape kits CBS 8 Shannon Handy May 23, 2015
Julie Weil takes her story to lawmakers asking for funds to test backlogged rape kits NBC5 WPTV Shannon Cake May 20, 2013
14-Year-Old Rape Kit Implicates Ex-Cop Now Working At Children’s Home (VIDEO) Addicting Info Shannon Barber September 11, 2014
Rape is not just a word Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman Shanara Acker May 11, 2015
Taking the right steps after sexual assault Central Florida Future Shanae E Hardy August 6, 2015
Over 5,000 rape kits never tested in Florida, over 1,000 in Tampa Sun Times Shamontiel Vaughn July 17, 2015
Houston Finds 850 DNA Matches after Eliminating Rape Kit Backlog The Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan February 26, 2015
The socioeconomics of the Rape Kit Backlog Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan May 12, 2015
Detroit Vows to #ENDTHEBACKLOG, Tests 10,000 Rape Kits Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan September 4, 2015
FY2016 Budget Proposes $41M Program to End Rape Kit Backlog The Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan February 3, 2015
New Memphis Rape-Kit Facility a Model for Other Cities Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan December 15, 2015
Senate Passes Bill Establishing Basic Rights for Sexual Assault Victims Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan May 26, 2016
Manhattan DA Pledges $35M Nationally to Test Backlogged Rape Kits Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan November 13, 2014
Joyful Heart Reveals Rape Kit Backlog Data, But More Remains Unknown Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan May 20, 2015
DOJ and Manhattan DA Announce $79M in Grants to Eradicate Rape Kit Backlog Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan September 11, 2015
New Kentucky Bill Requires Rape Kits Be Tested Within 30 Days Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan January 13, 2016
Could Untested Rape Kits Help Catch Serial Offenders? Fox News Local Shae Rozzi May 5, 2016
SF Ordinance calls for faster DNA testing Ebar.com Seth Hemmelgarn January 5, 2011

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