The Backlog

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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 Sourcesort descending Author(s) Post Date
Harvey faces federal trial over untested rape kits Chicago Sun-Times Mary Mitchell March 30, 2015
Illinois State Police swamped with DNA tests on rapes, murders The Chicago Sun Times Frank Main March 27, 2016
AG Madigan Issues Guidelines for Responding to Sexual Assault Crimes WTTW Kristen Thometz July 14, 2017
Push to test old rape kits creates backlog for GBI crime lab Augusta Chronicle Lauren McDonald and Walter Jones July 27, 2015
KBI surveying local law enforcement on unprocessed sexual assault kits The Topeka-Capital Journal Ann Marie Bush November 23, 2014
2,000-plus pending sexual assault kits identified in Kansas CJ Online September 21, 2015
Man charged with Topeka rape, aggravated sodomy bound over for trial CJ Online Ann Marie Bush October 9, 2015
Attorneys claim new DNA testing uncovers truth behind 1999 Oskaloosa murder CJ Online Justin Wingerter October 25, 2015
DNA evidence could clear Oskaloosa man Floyd Bledsoe of murder charge Tuesday The Topeka Capital-Journal Justin Wingerter December 7, 2015
This is why more than 2,200 Kansas sexual assault kits haven’t been tested yet The Topeka Capital-Journal Katie Moore July 30, 2017
KBI initiative leads to statewide inventory of unsubmitted sexual assault kits The Topeka Capital-Journal Luke Ranker March 18, 2017
Editorial: Program puts spotlight on untested rape kits The Topeka Capital-Journal Editorial Board November 24, 2014
Editorial: Falling behind on sexual assault The Topeka Capital-Journal Capital-Journal Editorial Board August 1, 2017
Rape Kit DNA Tests Yield 1,000-Plus Matches CBS Cleveland Associated Press April 3, 2014
DA’s office creating Cold Case Task Force Cleveland Daily Banner Allen Mincey December 17, 2016
Newsvine - Unprocessed DNA Rape Kits leave Assailants to Strike Again Newsvine.com Clint Van Zandt October 17, 2010
Woman's story helps reshape state's rape laws CLTV WGN Web Desk October 22, 2015
Cosby Rape Allegations: It’s Time To End The Statute Of Limitations In Sexual Assault Cases WBUR Public Radio Eileen McNamara November 24, 2014
Cohen - Championed Rape Kit Backlog Reduction Grants Now Available Congressman Steve Cohen March 10, 2015
Cohen Secures $4 Million Help Eliminate Rape Kit Backlog in House Appropriations Bill Congressman Steve Cohen Congressman Steve Cohen June 2, 2015
House Passes Cohen Amendment to Help Eliminate Memphis Rape Kit Backlog and Keep Communities Safe Rep. Steven Cohen Press Release May 29, 2014
McNulty's measure to eliminate rape kit backlog signed into law Colorado House GOP Rep. Frank McNulty June 4, 2013
DNA evidence links suspect to beating crime 6 years later News 2 SC Associated Press December 16, 2015
Gov. Scott seeks funding to test rape-kit backlog Daytona Beach News-Journal November 19, 2015
What's the status of Dallas' rape kit backlog? These charts explain Dallas Morning News Sarah Mervosh June 25, 2015

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