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 ascending Post Date
Rape Kit Backlogs are ‘Patchwork’ of Progress, Producing Average of 1 CODIS Hit in 4 Kits Forensic Magazine Seth Augustein January 30, 2017
Hundreds of rape kits untested in Washoe County Reno Gazette-Journal Seth A. Richardson September 16, 2015
Illinois Senate Bill 2609 Illinois State Legislature Senator Mike Noland April 7, 2014
Cornyn: It's time for sexual assault victims to find justice in U.S. The Houston Chronicle Senator John Cornyn April 23, 2014
Let's seek justice for women Houston Chronicle Senator John Cornyn April 19, 2012
Louisiana Senate Bill 296 Louisiana State Legislature Senator J.P. Morrell February 27, 2014
Senate Joint Resolution 20 Kentucky Senate Senator Denise Harper February 26, 2015
Grassley Statement at a Judiciary Committee Hearing on the Rape Kit Backlog Senator Chuck Grassley Senator Chuck Grassley May 20, 2015
Ohio Senate Bill 316 Ohio General Assembly Senator Capri Cafaro April 1, 2014
S.8222: Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2013 United States Senate Sen. Patrick Leahy (Sponsor) April 25, 2013
Leahy Ushers Legislation To Reduce Rape Kit Backlogs vtdigger.org Sen. Patrick Leahy September 18, 2014
Arizona Senate Bill 1429 Arizona State Legislature Sen. Katie Hobbs February 10, 2015
New U.S. rape survivors law may encourage more to press charges, experts say Daily Mail Sebastien Malo October 10, 2016
KS Bureau of Investigation Receives Grant To Investigate Untested Rape Kits KMUW 89.1 Sean Sandefur September 11, 2015
Rape Kit Halts Inmate Release, Links Him to 4 Rapes Fox28 Sean Rowe October 14, 2014
Bill seeks state rape-kit standards Tallahassee Democrat Sean Rossman January 5, 2016
Local agencies report 267 untested rape kits Tallahassee Democrat Sean Rossman January 4, 2015
Federal funds to help GA sexual assault kit backlog WTOC Sean Evans September 14, 2015
Texas rape kit database passes House Austin American-Statesman Sean Collins Walsh April 11, 2017
Dallas County DA urges U.S. senators to keep funding post-conviction DNA tests Dallas News Sean Collins Walsh March 20, 2012
26 years later, man convicted in girl's rape Albuquerque Journal Scott Sandlin June 3, 2015
Hundreds of sexual assault kits untested in NELA The News Star Scott Rogers July 16, 2015
Houston's rape kit backlog cleared, but thousands of kits untested nationwide KHOU Scott Noll July 16, 2015
Nevada attorney general expects to receive first results from rape kit backlog News 4 Scott Magruder May 31, 2016
Sexual assault victims charged up to $1,200 In Wisconsin for cost of their rape kits Think Progress Scott Keyes July 29, 2012

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