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
"Rape Kits" Task Force unveils current status of untested kits in Memphis FOX 13 Memphis Tony Atkins November 15, 2016
After string of sex assaults, Grand Valley State University could make rape kit exams available on campus Monica Scott November 15, 2016
Suspects identified, arrested after old rape kits tested Las Vegas NOW Christianne Klein and Bill Roe November 15, 2016
Testing of backlogged rape evidence leads to hundreds of convictions Fairfield Citizen Rachel Lovell and Daniel J. Flannery November 13, 2016
Crime lab tests pile up on cases Ventura County Star Marjorie Hernandez November 13, 2016
Rape kit audit back from Ada Co. Sheriff Idaho Press-Tribune Ruth Brown November 12, 2016
Michigan's rape kit backlog increases over year as police complete 2,349 cases Brad Devereaux November 12, 2016
Untested rape kits linked to crime lab backlog ABC FOX Montana Jackie Coffin November 10, 2016
Many sexual assault survivors await justice with backlog of rape kits KTVU November 10, 2016
Testing on rape kit from 2003 leads to arrest in Winter Haven sexual assault case The News Chief Clifford Parody November 9, 2016
Greenville Police receive federal grant to test sexual assault kits WITN Dave Jordan and Elisse Ramey November 8, 2016
Slow DNA analysis in Austin ‘reaching a critical point,’ judge says Austin American-Statesman Katie Hall November 7, 2016
State Crime Lab improving, but police still need to fill gaps The Times-News Isaac Groves November 6, 2016
Why there's a 5-day window to collect evidence in rape cases MLive Monica Scott November 3, 2016
AZ police departments have more than 6,000 untested rape kits ABC 15 Arizona Dave Biscobing November 3, 2016
Audits show increase in rape kit submissions to state lab Idaho Press-Tribune Ruth Brown November 2, 2016
Lions LB DeAndre Levy raises $30,000 to test forgotten rape kits ESPN Michael Rothstein November 2, 2016
Austin leaders weigh agreement with Dallas County to test rape kits Austin American-Statesman Elizabeth Findell November 1, 2016
Arizona Continues Working To Clear Rape Kit Backlog KJZZ Mark Brodie November 1, 2016
MSU alumni best U-M alumni in rape kit fundraiser Lansing State Journal Ken Palmer October 31, 2016
Local hospital accused of not administering rape test to possible victims KFOX14 Lashay Wesley October 31, 2016
A year after moving facilities, some crime lab backlog is down Lincoln Journal Star Nichole Manna October 31, 2016
Law enforcement hits deadline to submit rape kit audit Idaho Press-Tribune Ruth Brown October 31, 2016
Del Sol accused of ignoring state law on rape evidence El Paso Times Aileen B. Flores October 29, 2016
The woman behind the sexual-assault survivor ‘bill of rights’ PBS NewsHour Judy Woodruff October 28, 2016


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