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
Toledo man sentenced to 43 years in prison in 1998 case The Blade Jennifer Feehan August 21, 2017
State's cold-case initiative pays off with convictions in rape cases Toledo Blade Jennifer Feehan October 5, 2015
N.Y. Lawmakers Push for Preservation of Rape Kits Times Union Brendan J. Lyons February 13, 2018
Simotas Urges Passing of Her Legislation to Preserve Rape Kits, Increase Protections for Sexual Assault Survivors Times Ledger Bill Parry February 28, 2018
Untested Rape Kits: FAQ The Marshall Project Clare Sestanovich February 27, 2015
Bill Would Create System to Track Indiana's Backlog of Untested Rape Kits RTV6 Stephanie Wade January 8, 2018
New Law Lets Texas Drivers Help Tackle The State's Rape Kit Testing Backlog Texas Tribune Jim Malewitz September 18, 2017
Why don’t local police departments pay for rape kit testing? The Texas Tribune Alex Samuels June 23, 2017
Texas Senate advances bill to crowdfund rape kit testing The Texas Tribune Jim Malewitz May 17, 2017
Proposed law would crowdfund donations to help with rape kit backlog The Texas Tribune Neena Satija March 13, 2017
Detroit Prosecutor Identifies 817 Serial Rapists Using Abandoned Rape Kits Teen Vogue Lauren Rearick December 21, 2017
New York City's Public Hospitals Have Destroyed 840 Untested Rape Kits in the Past 5 Years Teen Vogue Lauren Rearick November 29, 2017
Mold found in containers of about 850 Austin police rape kits Austin American-Statesman Tony Plohetski June 27, 2017
Stanford in Talks with Santa Clara County to Improve Accessibility of ‘Rape Kits’ Stanford Daily Brian Contreras January 22, 2018
St. Joseph County Leads State in Untested Rape Kits South Bend Tribune Ted Booker December 6, 2017
Viewpoint: Answers Needed on Untested Rape Kits in St. Joseph County South Bend Tribune Jill Bodensteiner December 14, 2017
Our Opinion: Sex Assault Victims Failed by Backlog of Untested Kits South Bend Tribune South Bend Tribune Editorial Board December 10, 2017
Who's to Blame for Untested Rape Kits in St. Joseph County? South Bend Tribune Ted Booker December 8, 2017
Wisconsin DOJ Contracts with 2 More Labs, Including One in Salt Lake City, to Test Rape Kits Salt Lake Tribune Associated Press February 6, 2018
Statewide Support Will Soon be Available for Victims with Previously Untested Sexual Assault Kits Salt Lake Tribune Jessica Miller January 16, 2018
Bay Area Leaders Outraged at Berkeley Police Lapse on Rape Kit San Francisco Chronicle Melody Gutierrez March 15, 2018
Editorial: Changing Bay Area’s Rape Kit Backlog Requires Change in Police Culture San Francisco Chronicle Chronicle Editorial Board March 16, 2018
Efforts to Clear California’s Rape Kit Testing Backlog Fall Short San Francisco Chronicle Melody Gutierrez & Kimberly Veklerov March 16, 2018
Man Who Stayed Free While Rape Kit Went Untested Is Accused of 2015 Murder San Francisco Chronicle Melody Gutierrez March 14, 2018
Washington State Gets $3M to Ease Backlog of 6,000 Untested Rape Kits Seattle Times Sara Jean Green October 7, 2017


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