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 descending Post Date
Police agencies should heed rape-kit deadline The Columbus Dispatch October 2, 2015
Rape kit research to expand with $3 million from U.S. Department of Justice The Daily October 20, 2016
House approves Orwall bill to ensure testing of all rape kits kentreporter.com March 2, 2015
Legislation Extends Statute of Limitations on Testing Rape Evidence WSIU August 6, 2015
RapidHIT DNA Profile Uploaded to UK National DNA Database Identifies Dangerous Sex Offender While Suspect in Custody Business Wire August 24, 2015
350 local rape victims wait longer for answers WFTV 9 February 17, 2017
The Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations applauds U.S. Senate for hearing on unsubmitted sexual assault collection kits Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations May 20, 2015
MSP, AG to begin testing, investigation and prosecution of sex assault kits WWMT January 28, 2016
Wayne County Asking for $1 Million to Finish Testing Rape Kits WILX November 3, 2015
Adjudications in Circuit Court Beebe News August 12, 2015
Our View: Improve DNA testing of rape kits Panama City News Herald September 18, 2015
MSU Scholar Honored for Helping Rape Victims Michigan State University April 3, 2015
At Issue: Rape Kit Testing KPIX TV June 2, 2017
Police: Rape suspect's DNA matched at 1 in 13 quintillion rate http://www.wlwt.com/news/police-rape-suspects-dna-matched-at-1-in-13-quintillion-rate/37641290 January 26, 2016
AG: 1st case tied to rape kits left in warehouse leads to conviction Lansing State Journal April 17, 2016
Richardson: No more excuses when dealing with sexual assaults East Valley Tribune August 2, 2015
Cuyahoga County prosecutor wants help for rape DNA backlog The Independent December 13, 2014
Salt Lake City rape data goes online The Salt Lake City Tribune June 3, 2014
Study: Detroit Multidisciplinary Teams Creates Protocols for Responding to Untested Sexual Assault Kits PR Newswire April 7, 2015
State Crime Lab Submits Untested Rape Kits Data Arkansas Matters February 2, 2016
FDLE releases plan to catch up on rape kit testing ABC 27 WTXL January 1, 2016
Detroit Prosecutor says $15 million needed to analyze 11,000 rape kits The Crime Report April 23, 2012
Serial rapists given lengthy prison sentences WKYC-TV December 22, 2014
Editorial: Let's hope Winter Haven's success is emulated The Ledger December 17, 2015
TEST400K Commends Governor Rauner for Signing HB369 Into Law Today PR Newswire August 5, 2015

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