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 ascending
In Pursuit of Justice State Legislatures Magazine Rich Williams April 1, 2017
Cleveland man charged in three cold-case rapes Cory Shaffer March 31, 2017
Editorial: Cost of justice should not be delayed Amarillo Globe-News Amarillo Globe-News Editorial Board March 30, 2017
State will test about two-thirds of 6K untested rape kits, attorney general says WiscNews Molly Beck March 30, 2017
Samantha Bee Goes Full ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ With Video About Rape Kit Bill The Huffington Post Jenna Amatulli March 30, 2017
WI Attorney General: state will test two-thirds of 6K untested rape kits WMTV Morgan Wolfe March 30, 2017
Rape kit law speeds up testing process The Spectrum Emily Havens March 29, 2017
Attorney General Beshear Talks Rape Kit Testing, Open Records Lawsuit WEKU Lisa Autry March 29, 2017
Detroit rape kit problem continued for years after initial discovery MLive Gus Burns March 29, 2017
Nathan Ford, linked to at least 15 Cleveland rapes, blames 'irresistible impulses' The Plain Dealer Rachel Dissell March 29, 2017
Our View: Maine’s handling of sexual assault evidence deserves closer study Portland Press Herald Portland Press Herald Editorial Board March 29, 2017
Advocates meet to discuss possible statewide tracking system for sexual assault kits CBS46 Ashley Thompson March 28, 2017
Nevada lawmakers report progress on rape kits Reno Gazette-Journal Associated Press March 28, 2017
Here's how many untested rape kits are still left in Nevada News 4 Ben Margiott March 28, 2017
Detroit rape kit problem persisted after 2009, leaving more than 500 untested MLive Gus Burns March 27, 2017
Second backlog of 555 untested Detroit rape kits found in storage Detroit Free Press Associated Press March 26, 2017
Few prosecutions for rape cases in Montana's largest county Great Falls Tribune Associated Press March 26, 2017
Op-ed: Utah steps up for victims with law to test all rape kits The Salt Lake Tribune Angela Romero and Ilse Knecht March 26, 2017
Op-ed: Utah steps up for victims with law to test all rape kits The Salt Lake Tribune Angela Romero and Ilse Knecht March 26, 2017
The rape kit process explained Billings Gazette Ashley Nerbovig March 26, 2017
Woelfel leading fight to help sexual assault victims find justice The Herald-Dispatch Lacie Pierson March 24, 2017
Rape kits in Arizona must now be tested within 15 days under new law 12 News Charly Edsitty March 23, 2017
Kentucky State Police Lab becoming training ground for other state labs because of low pay, lab director says Spectrum News Nick Storm March 23, 2017
Gov. Herbert signs rape kits bill, along with 65 others The Salt Lake Tribune Dan Harrie and Tiffany Frandsen March 23, 2017
Scant action in Capitol on rape kits The Post-Crescent Keegan Kyle March 23, 2017


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