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
Backlogged Memphis rape kit tied to serial killer, rapist WMC Action News 5 KFVS May 24, 2017
Attorney claims city withheld documents about rape kit backlog WMC Action News 5 November 13, 2015
Local, national leaders gather to tackle rape kit backlog WMC Action News 5 WMC Action News 5 Staff October 20, 2015
Rape kit backlog funds provide new counseling WMC Action News 5 Felicia Bolton September 16, 2015
More than $3.9M provided for rape kit testing WMC Action News 5 Felicia Bolton September 10, 2015
Rape kit tested 13 years later, arrest made 15 years after attack WMAC Action News 5 Kontji Anthony July 30, 2015
Rape kit lands another suspected Memphis rapist behind bars WMAC Action News 5 Jerry Askin June 19, 2015
Rape suspect free for 11 years, despite victim naming her attacker WMAC Action News 5 June 11, 2015
More than a dozen women join untested rape kits lawsuit WMC Action News 5 Kontji Anthony April 6, 2015
Investigators identify 52 suspected rapists as rape kit testing continues WMC Action News 5 Ben Watson January 20, 2015
Rape kit testing helps indict former MPD officer in a 2000 rape WMC Action News 5 September 9, 2014
Rape kit lawsuit moves from federal to state court WMC-TV Kontji Anthony August 26, 2014
MPD, council committee: rape kit testing makes progress WMC Action News 5 Nick Kenney July 15, 2014
Understanding the case: Memphis' backlogged rape kits WMC Action News 5 September 18, 2014
Senate committee approves rape case prosecution extension WLWT June 24, 2015
Police: Rape suspect's DNA matched at 1 in 13 quintillion rate January 26, 2016
Ohio's deadline approaches for DNA testing of untested rape kits WLWT September 25, 2015
Ohio tests more than 9,800 rape kits or DNA matches WLWT February 3, 2016
KY state auditor working to increase number of rape kits being tested WLWT Jennell Walton June 30, 2015
Gov. Kasich signs bill extending period to prosecute rape, sexual battery WLWT Karin Johnson July 17, 2015
AG: Ohio has tested 7,000 rape kits, found 2,500+ DNA matches Associated Press WLWT April 9, 2015
Man sentenced to 40 years after DNA found in untested rape kit 89 WLS July 25, 2014
Years delayed, Detroit starts testing rape kits for evidence NPR WlRN Florida Editorial Staff December 29, 2012
Gulfport man sentenced to 45 years for sexual assault WLOX Dave Ryan August 13, 2015
Three-year-cold case finally receives justice WLKY Erica Coghill October 21, 2014


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