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
Atlanta has more untested rape evidence than USA Today tally reveals AJC Willoughby Mariano July 16, 2015
Atlanta hospital billed rape victims for exams The Seattle Times Willoughby Mariano August 6, 2015
Locked Away: Grady Memorial Hospital withheld rape evidence from police, despite victim requests Atlanta Journal Constitution Willoughby Mariano June 13, 2015
Grady releasing 1,000 rape kits withheld from law enforcement Atlanta Journal-Constitution Willoughby Mariano July 30, 2015
LMPD making changes after state audit on rape kits WAVE 3 News William Joy September 23, 2015
LMPD preparing to handle return of 270 rape kits Wave 3 News William Joy October 7, 2016
LMPD begins notifying victims from rape kit backlog Wave 3 News William Joy April 7, 2017
Houston's Rape-Kit Backlog Got 850 Matches in FBI DNA Database Houston Press William Darnell February 24, 2015
DNA leads to arrest in rape from 2004 Lehigh Valley News Will Lewis June 18, 2015
Thousands of untested rape kits discovered in Atlanta, Athens Atlanta Sun Times Will Hager May 12, 2015
These New State Hires Could Help Cut Down North Carolina’s Rape Kit Backlog Under The Dome Will Doran December 7, 2017
Mandatory Rape Kit Testing Clears Another Hurdle KUER Whittney Evans February 17, 2017
State task force meets to discuss rape kits Statesman Journal Whitney M. Woodworth December 12, 2016
County releases rape kit records Beloit Daily News Whitney Helm August 25, 2015
Sen. McConnell supports push to expedite rape kits WHAS 11 Staff WHAS 11 Staff July 21, 2015
Woman's story helps reshape state's rape laws CLTV WGN Web Desk October 22, 2015
Rape kit law is big step for Nevada but questions remain Las Vegas Review-Journal Wesley Juhl June 9, 2017
Nevada lawmakers exploring legislation to prevent untested sexual assault kit backlogs Las Vegas Review-Journal Wesley Juhl April 15, 2017
Late amendments to rape kit bill get unanimous support in Nevada Assembly commitee Las Vegas Review-Journal Wesley Juhl April 14, 2017
Funding for DNA testing key to cracking cold criminal cases Las Vegas Review-Journal Wesley Juhl August 15, 2015
Rape kit bill adds Laxalt amendments, passes Nevada Assembly committee Las Vegas Review-Journal Wesley Juhl April 12, 2017
Grants to help Nevada clear backlog of sex assault DNA kits Las Vegas Review-Journal Wesley Juhl September 10, 2015
Untested rape kits to be released to police KMOV St. Louis Wesley Goheen July 31, 2015
More than 10,000 rape kits across Florida not tested Bob Kealing WESH.com November 4, 2015
Cold Rape Case in Volusia County Cracked with DNA Testing WESH WESH Staff January 31, 2018

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