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
Editorial: 6 Bills Gov. Jerry Brown Must Sign San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board September 24, 2017
Work To Clear Rape Evidence Kit Backlog Slowly Progressing Albuquerque Journal Maggie Shepard September 22, 2017
BYU Nursing Professor Helps Change Utah’s Sexual Violence Policies Daily Universe Lauren Malner September 20, 2017
Failing to Fund Crime Lab Victimizes Crime Victims Des Moines Register Des Moines Register Editorial Board September 20, 2017
Untested Rape Exam Kits Number Thousands in Indiana Indiana Lawyer Dave Stafford September 20, 2017
Despite Austin’s Crime Lab Meltdown, Texas Is Working to Clear Its DNA Backlog Austin Monitor Cate Malek and Luis Pedraza September 20, 2017
The Implosion of Austin’s Crime Lab: A Timeline Austin Monitor Cate Malek and Luis Pedraza September 18, 2017
New Law Lets Texas Drivers Help Tackle The State's Rape Kit Testing Backlog Texas Tribune Jim Malewitz September 18, 2017
Should Iowa Test DNA Evidence Even When The Victim Doesn't Want It Done? Des Moines Register Kathy A. Bolten September 17, 2017
Justice Delayed is Justice Denied: Eliminate Rape Kit Backlogs Huffington Post Fiona Ma September 15, 2017
Bill That Would Help Reduce California's Backlog of Untested Rape Kits Heads to Governor's Desk Los Angeles Times Mina Corpuz September 15, 2017
Editorial: Best and Worst of Sacramento’s End-of-Session Crunch San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board September 15, 2017
City Seeks Contract to Address Rape Kit Backlog KOB4 Caleb James September 15, 2017
Signs of Optimism at Troubled Crime Lab Austin Chronicle Sarah Marloff September 15, 2017
An Iowa Woman Has Waited 7 Months for Her Rape Kit to Be Tested While Her Accused Taker Remains Free. She's Not Alone Des Moines Register Kathy A. Bolten September 14, 2017
More Than 2,000 Untested Rape Kits in Wisconsin Involve Possible Child Victims USA Today Keegan Kyle September 11, 2017
New Utah Crime Lab Tackles Rape Kit Testing with Robotics Laboratory Equipment Laura French September 11, 2017
As Nevada Chips Away at Its Rape Kit Backlog with One-Time Funds, Officials Eye Permanent Solution Nevada Independent Megan Messerly and Michelle Rindels September 10, 2017
Helping Ohio Crime Victims Intelligencer Editorial Board September 6, 2017
Austin Budget Request Aims to Better Support Survivors of Sexual Assault KXAN Kylie McGivern September 6, 2017
Bill Introduced to Reduce National Rape Kit Backlog 2News September 6, 2017
Maximum 50 Years Given to Rapist for 1987 Crime Palladium-Item Mike Emery September 6, 2017
What's Causing The Months-Long Delay of DNA Tests? Post-Crescent Keegan Kyle September 5, 2017
Helping Hearts Helps Guam's Most Vulnerable Guam Daily Post September 4, 2017
California Bill Aimed At Reducing Backlog Of Untested Rape Kits Passes Committee CBS Los Angeles September 1, 2017


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