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
Activists Are Launching A National Effort To Stop Rape Kits From Going In The Trash BuzzFeed Tyler Kingkade March 23, 2017
After A College Student Killed Herself Following Her Alleged Rape, A Congressman Wants To Change The Law BuzzFeed News Katie J.M. Baker July 27, 2017
When Detectives Dismiss Rape Reports Before Investigating Them Buzzfeed Alex Campbell and Katie J.M. Baker September 8, 2016
Maryland Lawmakers Say Its Rape Laws Need To Change Buzzfeed Alex Campbell and Katie J. M. Baker February 13, 2017
Baltimore County Police Say Detectives Will Now Interview Every Rape Victim Buzzfeed Alex Campbell and Katie J.M. Baker October 20, 2016
These Detroit Rape Kit Statistics Could Mean There Are 29,000 Unknown Serial Rapists In The U.S. Bustle Virginia Chamlee December 19, 2017
Four Ways The Law Lets Rapists Get Away With Rape Bustle Joseph D. Lyons July 5, 2017
State Legislators Vote on Rape Kit Reform as Part of Criminal Justice Bill Boston Globe Jerome Campbell April 4, 2018
Prosecutor backs expanded DNA testing Boston Globe Evan Allen September 17, 2015
Amid US backlogs, Mass. keeps up with rape kit testing Boston Globe Catherine Cloutier and Todd Wallack September 10, 2015
After night of terror, years of anguish, she finds meaning The Boston Globe Yvonne Abraham March 22, 2015
Bureau of Justice Assistance Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Bureau of Justice Assistance U.S. Department of Justice September 10, 2015
Defendant in 2008 Berkeley Sexual Assault Case Faces New Albany Murder Charge Berkeleyside Emilie Raguso March 12, 2018
By Outsourcing, APD Has Made Major Progress on Sex Assault Kit Backlog Austin Monitor Jack Craver December 12, 2017
The Implosion of Austin’s Crime Lab: A Timeline Austin Monitor Cate Malek and Luis Pedraza September 18, 2017
Despite Austin’s Crime Lab Meltdown, Texas Is Working to Clear Its DNA Backlog Austin Monitor Cate Malek and Luis Pedraza September 20, 2017
Why Aren’t UT Students Getting Rape Kits? Austin Chronicle Sarah Marloff March 30, 2018
Signs of Optimism at Troubled Crime Lab Austin Chronicle Sarah Marloff September 15, 2017
APD Knew About Moldy Rape Kits Back in April The Austin Chronicle Sarah Marloff July 7, 2017
“A Victim-Centered Process” for Solving Sex Crimes The Austin Chronicle Sarah Marloff June 2, 2017
Rape Kit Backlog Reaches Zero Austin Chronicle Sarah Marloff April 9, 2018
APD Updates County on Moldy Rape Kits The Austin Chronicle Sarah Marloff July 6, 2017
Serial rapist sentenced to 40 years in prison after plea agreement The Athens News David DeWitt June 27, 2017
Audit finds new $90 million Alaska crime lab hasn't met expectations Alaska Dispatch News Michelle Theriault Boots January 19, 2017
Cold-case DNA match sends Alaska kidnapping, rape suspect to Nevada Alaska Dispatch News Chris Klint October 15, 2016


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