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
New Fund Established to Help Test City's Rape Kits Memphis Flyer Toby Sells October 30, 2014
Rape Kit Summit Wraps Memphis Flyer Toby Sells October 20, 2015
MPD Push on Rape Kit Backlog Yields Indictments Memphis Flyer Toby Sells August 20, 2014
DNA, Name On Dentures Yield Guilty Plea in Rape Case Memphis Flyer Toby Sells July 25, 2017
Kansas making steps toward ending rape kit backlog The Sunflower at Wichita State University TJ Rigg April 12, 2016
Michigan State Police, Wayne County and Flint will get a complete of $7.5 million to stock, handle backlog Suffield Times Times Staff September 11, 2015
Editorial: Jindal executive order a good call The Shreveport Times Times Editorial Board December 15, 2014
Police charge man with third sexual assault in Glen Burnie Capital Gazette Tim Pratt November 13, 2015
Madison Democrats Demand Audit Of Rape Kit Backlog WXPR Tim Morrissey October 4, 2017
Michigan House approves budget bill aimed at reducing backlog of untested rape kits in Detroit Tim Martin June 5, 2013
Rape Kit Testing Progressing in State Albuquerque Journal Tim Keller October 28, 2017
Sexual assault cold-case kits come before Legislature for review The Goldendale Sentinel Tim Gruver February 15, 2017
Sexual assault cold cases earn legislators’ attention Kent Reporter Tim Gruver February 10, 2017
Justice for survivors of sexual assault in Montana Independent Record Tim Fox October 11, 2016
'Thousands' of rape kits untested in Florida, Pam Bondi says Orlando Sentinel Tiffany Walden September 9, 2015
Report details reasons behind untested rape kits Minnesota Daily Tiffany Lukk November 25, 2015
Utah’s new crime lab to use robotics to speed up rape kit testing The Salt Lake Tribune Tiffany Frandsen June 2, 2017
State crime lab makes headway in testing thousands of Code-R kits statewide FOX 13 SLC Tiffany DeMasters January 19, 2016
Latest numbers: how many rape kits still need to be tested WCYB Tiana Bohner July 20, 2015
How America Has Failed Sexual Assault Victims Newstalk Florida Thomas Fernandez October 11, 2016
#TestTheKits: Sacramento County works to clear rape kit backlog News 10 ABC Thom Jensen July 16, 2015
Mobile police nab suspect 20 years after rape, aim to retest 1,700 rape kits with new technology Theresa Seiger April 22, 2015
Special Report: SWLA sexual assault kits are tested in timely manner KPLC Theresa Schmidt November 12, 2015
Virginia deserves applause for its work to eliminate a rape kit backlog The Washington Post The Washington Post Editorial Board June 19, 2017
Editorial: At last, Virginia addresses backlog of untested rape kits The Virginian-Pilot The Virginian-Pilot Editorial Board June 19, 2017


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