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
Proposed legislation extends rape prosecution window Your News Now Tricia Bell May 13, 2015
Feds certify state's unconfirmed sex assault kits Great Falls Tribune Tribune Capitol Bureau July 10, 2017
New Georgia law making a dent in the number of untested rape kits The Brookhaven Post Trey Benton December 5, 2016
Fund-raising campaign aims at solving Detroit rape cases Detroit Free Press Tresa Baldas January 6, 2015
$100K will help Wayne Co. clear up rape kits Detroit Free Press Tresa Baldas May 5, 2015
Rape kit testing to expand in Nashville Crossroads Today Tracy Kornet October 28, 2016
Changes coming to where, how rape exams are conducted in Nashville WBRC Fox 6 Tracy Kornet October 28, 2016
A Revolutionary Algorithm To Clear Up Rape Kit Backlogs Vocativ Tracy Clark-Flory September 10, 2016
This State Just Took A Huge Step Toward Solving More Rapes Vocativ Tracy Clark-Flory February 28, 2017
Testing Rape Kit Backlogs Saves Millions Of Dollars Vocativ Tracy Clark-Flory September 7, 2016
Police have untested rape kits News Leader Traci Moyer July 8, 2015
Man arraigned in new cold case sexual asssault The Battle Creek Enquirer Trace Christenson February 27, 2017
Man enters plea in rape kit case Battle Creek Enquirer Trace Christenson May 5, 2017
First charges in rape kit investigations Battle Creek Enquirer Trace Christenson January 18, 2017
Father third in family to be charged with rape Battle Creek Enquirer Trace Christenson August 15, 2017
Elkhart's Alton Whitener arrested, charged with September 2012 rape The Elkhart Truth Tori Fater October 5, 2015
Elkhart man accused of rape, intimidation could go to jail for more than 150 years The Elkhart Times Tori Fater August 6, 2015
Waiting for rape kit results is 'stab in my heart' Citizen-Times Tonya Maxwell July 18, 2015
DA explains why DNA doesn't exonerate convicted murderer Kenneth Clair Orange County Register Tony Saavedra January 14, 2016
Mold found in containers of about 850 Austin police rape kits Austin American-Statesman Tony Plohetski June 27, 2017
Austin ‘condones rape,’ committee leaders charge Austin American-Statesman Tony Plohetski July 13, 2017
New squad will take up hundreds of Austin’s delayed rape investigations Austin American-Statesman Tony Plohetski May 23, 2017
Tennessee Reduces Backlog Of Untested Rape Kits, Sets New Rules For Police Nashville Public Radio Tony Gonzalez December 18, 2015
Madison stranger attack suspect slips away, as DNA evidence sits Tony Galli December 22, 2015
"Rape Kits" Task Force unveils current status of untested kits in Memphis FOX 13 Memphis Tony Atkins November 15, 2016


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