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 descending Author(s) Post Date
Thousands of rape kits are sitting in crime labs untested AOL News Angela Taylor November 20, 2012
Dozens Of Untested Rape Kits Found In Police Evidence Room AOL News - WGN Tom Negovan November 20, 2012
Private Contractors Proposed By Mayor To Clear Houston's Rape Kit Backlog NPR KUHF Houston Pat Hernandez February 13, 2013
Lebanon man sentenced for sex assaults on teen girl Lebanon Daily News Les Stewart October 29, 2015
Ducey addresses big concerns with little financial details Arizona Sonora News David McGlothlin January 13, 2016
Rape kit exams not available on area campuses The Baltimore Sun Danae King September 1, 2014
State crime lab reports more than 4,000 untested rape kits Chicago Tribune Megan Twohey February 16, 2011
Woman's lawsuit claims Harvey failed to test rape kit Chicago Tribune Dawn Rhodes March 21, 2012
State police analyze backlog of 4,000 rape kits Chicago Tribune Annie Sweeney December 18, 2013
DNA backlog grows with LAPD lab hiring on hold Los Angeles Times Joel Rubin January 15, 2010
LAPD clears decades-old backlog of untested DNA evidence Los Angeles Times Joel Rubin February 1, 2011
Rape kits, finally tested years later, lead to two arrests Sun Sentinel Linda Trischitta June 20, 2014
Man charged with armed kidnapping, rape in 2010 Hollywood case Sun Sentinel Wayne K. Roustan September 25, 2014
Special squad gets forensic kit for rape investigation The Times of India Mohammed Akhef December 19, 2013
Assemblymember Skinner’s Bill to Expedite Rape Kit Testing Passes Senate Public Safety Committee Assemblymember Skinner’s Bill to Expedite Rape Kit Testing Passes Senate Public Safety Committee Assemblymember Nancy Skinner June 17, 2014
Thousands of untested rape kits discovered in Atlanta, Athens Atlanta Sun Times Will Hager May 12, 2015
This Man’s Heartbreaking Story Shows How Lawyers Coerce Too Many Innocent People to Plead Guilty Atlanta Black Star Ricky Riley February 4, 2017
Eye on NY: NY Budget Requires 20-Year Storage Period for Rape Kits Auburn Pub Robert Harding April 1, 2018
Virginia receives $1.4 million to test more than 2000 untested sexual assault evidence kits Augusta Free Press September 10, 2015
Arizona law enforcement revising stance on rape kits Arizona Daily Sun June 21, 2016
VP Biden Visits Baltimore County, Wants To Reduce Untested Rape Kits CBS Baltimore Rick Ritter March 16, 2015
Adjudications in Circuit Court Beebe News August 12, 2015
Cost Savings and Cost Effectiveness of the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education Mendel Singer September 1, 2016
PSA Reminds Sexual Assault Survivors They are not Alone Big Island Now Big Island Now Staff August 13, 2017
Will new focus on rape kit tests put thousands behind bars? Associated Press Sharon Cohen May 31, 2015


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