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
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
Activists Are Launching A National Effort To Stop Rape Kits From Going In The Trash BuzzFeed Tyler Kingkade March 23, 2017
Rape kits delayed is justice denied, Part 3 Florida Politics Florence Snyder March 23, 2017
The first criminal case from testing old rape kits in Tucson Tucson News Now Craig Reck March 22, 2017
Ten years after sentencing, Phoenix police link another rape case to Baseline Killer KTAR March 22, 2017
All rape kits must be tested in 'timely manner' under new AZ law 3TV News Catherine Holland March 22, 2017
Bill would create statewide system to track rape testing kits Portland Press Herald Edward D. Murphy March 22, 2017
Governor Ducey Signs Bill To Achieve Justice For Sexual Assault Victims Prescott eNews March 22, 2017
Lawmakers Want To Start Crowdfunding Rape Kit Tests Forbes Janet Burns March 22, 2017
2,156 untested sexual assault kits processed as state works to clear backlog WKMG March 21, 2017
Previously untested sexual assault kit links with serial rapist; As kits come back work continues to inform victims Spectrum News Nick Storm March 21, 2017

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