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 Sourcesort ascending Author(s) Post Date
New Orleans Sexual Assault Evidence Project: Results and Recommendations National Institute of Justice Nancy Ritter September 1, 2013
Untested Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases: Using Research to Guide Policy and Practice National Institute of Justice Nancy Ritter January 1, 2013
SDPD Briefs City Council on Rape Kit Testing Protocol NBC 7 San Diego Danielle Radin January 11, 2018
Mariska Hargitay’s New Documentary Shines Light on Epidemic of Untested Rape Kits NBC Nightly News April 13, 2018
Tackling Albuquerque's Rape Kit Backlog NBC Left Field February 27, 2018
Austin Chief Introduces New DNA Lab Director American-Statesman Katie Hall April 10, 2018
Huge GBI Backlog of Untested Rape Kits Down by Two-Thirds Atlanta Journal-Constitution Rhonda Cook April 16, 2018
Biloxi wants to charge $5,000 for records on their rape kit backlog MuckRock Vanessa Nason May 31, 2017
San Jose’s rape kit backlog is over twice the official count MuckRock Vanessa Nason May 10, 2017
Great sexual assault evidence collection policies exist, but continue to be the exception to the rule MuckRock Vanessa Nason July 12, 2017
There are finally federal guidelines for testing rape kits MuckRock Vanessa Nason August 11, 2017
Despite growing backlogs, no national standard for sexual assault evidence collection MuckRock Vanessa Nason April 12, 2017
Ammandale man arrested for child pornography is a 'person of interest' in Jacob Wetterling abduction MinnPost Joe Kimball October 29, 2015
Minnesota should require all jurisdictions to test all rape kits MinnPost Dr. Steven H. Miles December 10, 2015
Ann Arbor police rank 6th in state for highest number of untested rape kits The Michigan Daily Emma Kerr, Riyah Basha January 29, 2016
Rape Kit Analysis Would Speed Up Under State, Bay Area Proposals Mercury News Robert Salonga February 27, 2018
DNA, Name On Dentures Yield Guilty Plea in Rape Case Memphis Flyer Toby Sells July 25, 2017
Men's Silence Leads to Abuse The Daily News Kevin Reed June 24, 2015
Rape Kit Testing Leading to Indictments in Memphis Memphis Daily News The Associated Press January 22, 2015
Daily Digest: Council Approves More Rape Kit Testing Funds Memphis Daily News Bill Dries December 18, 2014
Rape Kit Backlog Prompts Court Fight on Two Fronts The Daily News- Memphis Bill Dries August 26, 2014
Serial Rapists Don't Necessarily Have an MO Marion Star Sarah Volpenhein February 19, 2018
Louisiana Senate Bill 296 Louisiana State Legislature Senator J.P. Morrell February 27, 2014
New Utah Crime Lab Tackles Rape Kit Testing with Robotics Laboratory Equipment Laura French September 11, 2017
State Mandated Review of Juneau’s Untested Sexual Assault Kits Is Underway KTOO Matt Miller December 15, 2017

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