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 descending
SAFER Act will help rape victims get justice they deserve The Hill January 1, 2013
Clearing Texas rape kit backlog brings hefty price tag The Texas Tribune Brandi Grissom January 3, 2013
Colorado House Bill 13-1020 Colorado General Assembly Rep. Frank McNulty January 9, 2013
Evidence of rape ignored The New York Times Editorial Staff January 19, 2013
Untested rape kits pile up in Davenport evidence room Quad-City Times Brian Wellner January 21, 2013
2,300 untested rape kits sent to state crime lab to help solve Ohio cases ABC5 Cleveland Associated Press February 1, 2013
Mayor announces $4.4 M plan to cut rape kit backlog Houston Chronicle Anita Hassan, Mike Morris February 12, 2013
Private Contractors Proposed By Mayor To Clear Houston's Rape Kit Backlog NPR KUHF Houston Pat Hernandez February 13, 2013
Prosecutor leads effort to test long-abandoned rape kits, brings justice to victims NBC RockCenter Mario Garcia, Kristen Powers and Jessica Hopper February 14, 2013
DNA evidence in untested rape kits may hold the key to solving years-old sexual assault cases The Cleveland Plain Dealer Rachel Dissell February 16, 2013
Crime lab works to clear backlog of untested rape kits Repository Associated Press February 17, 2013
Dart says Robbins rape kits dating back to '86 sent to Illinois state police Chicago-Sun Times Casey Toner February 18, 2013
Dozens of rape kits found sitting in Robbins police department CBS2 Chicago Ron Johnson, Brad Edwards February 18, 2013
850 DNA Matches in FBI Database after Houston Clears Rape Kit Backlog Huffington Post Juan A. Lozano February 23, 2013
Council OKs $4.4 million plan to erase rape kit backlog Houston Chronicle Mike Morris February 26, 2013
Cornyn bill to fight nation-wide rape kit backlog passes Congress Your Houston News March 2, 2013
Untested rape kits closer to being tested after bill prompted by CALL7 Investigation passes cmte. ABC7 Denver Keli Rabon, Tak Landrock March 7, 2013
1st Indictment filed after increased rape kit testing Fox8 Cleveland Darcie Loreno March 14, 2013
AG: First two indictments from untested rape kits NBC3 WKYC Kim Wendel March 14, 2013
First indictment out of statewide rape comes 1 day too late for 20-year statute of limitations The Cleveland Plain Dealer Leila Atassi March 14, 2013
Overdue help on rape kit backlog Editorial Staff March 17, 2013
Alameda County receives grant to reduce rape kit backlog CBS2 San Fran March 26, 2013
Alameda County gets $500,000 to reduce rape kit backlog Contra Costa Times Paul T. Rosynsky March 27, 2013
Editorial: Eliminate backlog of untested rape kits in Cook County Chicago-Sun Times Editorial Staff April 3, 2013
S.8222: Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2013 United States Senate Sen. Patrick Leahy (Sponsor) April 25, 2013


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