The Backlog

Media 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 ascending
Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Rape, Murder Of Woman, 84, Nearly 30 Years Ago CBS Los Angeles August 8, 2014
GOP Obstructionism Is Holding Up Funds to Catch Rapists Mother Jones Erika Eichelberger August 8, 2014
Convicted sex offender arrested, accused of raping woman with mental health condition Fox13 Salt Lake City Ashton Edwards and Carly Figueroa August 7, 2014
Rape kit's testing leads to arrest in 2006 assault on teenager in Hollywood Sun-Sentinel Wayne K. Roustan August 6, 2014
Man suspected in 8-year-old rape case arrested WSVN 7 August 6, 2014
More than 130 potential rapists identified in July through statewide testing initiative The Plain Dealer Jeremy Pelzer August 5, 2014
DeWine releases August sexual assault kit testing initiative update The Pike County Daily August 5, 2014
No Longer Ignored, Evidence Solves Rape Cases Years Later The New York Times Erik Eckholm August 2, 2014
Cleveland serial rapist, Ralph Kent, to spend another 15-25 years in prison for 1994 rape Newsnet5 Megan Shaw July 29, 2014
Victims wait for justice as rape kits sit in lab backlogs WLKY Mark Vanderhoff July 29, 2014
Victims wait for justice as rape kits sit in lab backlogs WLKY Louisville Mark Vanderhoff July 28, 2014
Judge says Texas man innocent in rape The Houston Chronicle July 25, 2014
New DNA crime lab promises faster results WSOC Charlotte Greg Suskin July 25, 2014
Justice delayed: Texas man first to be cleared by DNA review of old rape kits The Christian Science Monitor Stacy Teicher Khadaroo July 25, 2014
Man sentenced to 40 years after DNA found in untested rape kit 89 WLS July 25, 2014
Chicago Man Sentenced To 40 years After DNA Found In Untested Rape Kit CBS Chicago Sun-Times Media Wire July 24, 2014
DNA testing exonerates Dallas man but real rapist goes free for 1990 crime culturemap Dallas Claire St. Amant July 24, 2014
Prosecutors question rape kit preservation The Virginian-Pilot Elizabeth Hulette July 24, 2014
Dallas County To Exonerate Man Who Didn't Request DNA Testing KERA News Eric Assen, Lauren Silverman and Bill Zeeble July 24, 2014
Cleveland's last backlogged rape kits to be tested The Houston Chronicle July 23, 2014
Cleveland has cleared backlog of 3,985 untested rape kits Cleveland.com Rachel Dissell July 22, 2014
After 19 years, man charged with attempted rape The Journal Times Kristen Zambo July 21, 2014
Sitting on the evidence The Economist July 19, 2014
After DNA test, man charged with 2001 rape of Valparaiso woman Post-Tribune July 18, 2014
Colorado rape kits finally being tested, but police must act before statute of limitations runs out The Denver Channel Keli Rabon July 18, 2014

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