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 ascending Post Date
Bloomington cold case: DNA in recent rape matches 1999 cold case evidence RTV6 Mike Pelton July 7, 2015
Suspect sought after DNA match revives '99 rape case WTOP Mike Murillo December 30, 2016
Council OKs $4.4 million plan to erase rape kit backlog Houston Chronicle Mike Morris February 26, 2013
Kalamazoo County adds two investigators for unsolved rape cases WWMT Mike Krafick May 16, 2017
Congressman Honda and District Attorney O'Malley to Update Status of Rape Kit Backlog Congressman Mike Honda Website Mike Honda August 12, 2014
Police arrest man in 2-year-old rape case Washington Times Herald Mike Grant August 19, 2015
Salt Lake County commits to reduce number of Utah rape logs that go unprocessed Salt Lake Tribune Mike Gorrell May 5, 2015
NM's stunning 'rape kit' backlog Albuquerque Journal Mike Gallagher November 15, 2015
Maximum 50 Years Given to Rapist for 1987 Crime Palladium-Item Mike Emery September 6, 2017
Ohio leads the way on breaking through the rape kit backlog The Washington Post Mike DeWine and Timothy J. McGinty July 6, 2014
SAK Testing Initiative Resolving Old Cases NewsWatchman Mike DeWine April 1, 2015
Thousands of rape kits in Tampa Bay go untested 10 News Mike Deeson July 17, 2015
Newly tested rape kit from 2009 leads to arrest WTSP Mike Deeson December 16, 2015
More than 13,400 rape kits untested, state says Sun Sentinel Mike Clary, Lisa J. Huriash and Andy Reid January 5, 2016
DNA match leads cops to suspect in 1983 Plantation rape case Sun Sentinel Mike Clary July 23, 2015
Livingston agency offers services for sexual assault victims Michigan Radio Michigan Radio Newsroom September 4, 2015
Audit finds new $90 million Alaska crime lab hasn't met expectations Alaska Dispatch News Michelle Theriault Boots January 19, 2017
America's Massive Rape Kit Backlog Quiet Mike Michelle Simmons June 13, 2015
Lawmakers authorize another $1.2M to test rape evidence kits Associated Press Michelle Rindels December 16, 2016
Cold case rapes big issue in race for Ohio Attorney General WFMJ Michelle Nicks October 31, 2014
DNA processing in Salisbury rape case WMDT Michelle Mackonochie March 27, 2015
Justice in Storage Weld for Birmingham Michelle Love September 22, 2015
Rape kits law passed Yale Daily News Michelle Liu October 1, 2015
Women Are Using Social Media as a Megaphone to Confront Nightlife's Rape Problem VICE Michelle Lhooq August 25, 2015
Rape kit results lead to arrest of Harvey man: JPSO Michelle Hunter September 30, 2015


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