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 ascending Author(s) Post Date
Michigan AG asks counties for number of untested rape kits WZZM 13 Associated Press September 25, 2015
#TestTheKits: Thousands of rape kits go untested (Michigan Edition) WZZM Lee VanAmeyde July 16, 2015
Michigan getting $7M for efforts including rape kit testing WZZM 13 Associated Press October 7, 2015
Sheriff calls Upstate hospital's response to sex assault case 'absolutely unbelievable' WYFF 4 Stephanie Towers July 17, 2017
Wayne County Receiving $1.5 Million from Government to Test Rape Kits WXYZ Detroit October 5, 2017
Wayne County getting share of federal grants to address untested rape kit backlog WXYZ Detroit September 10, 2015
Kym Worthy gets Detroit Crime Commission grant to hire investigators for untested rape kit cases WXYZ Detroit Heather Catallo July 9, 2015
Detroit man charged in 2008 cold case rape after testing rape kit WXYZ Detroit October 8, 2015
Detroit's Most Wanted: Llamar Venson wanted for raping woman WXYZ Ann Marie LaFlamme May 19, 2017
Man continued pattern of sex crimes as thousands of Detroit rape kits went untested WXYZ (ABC7) Heather Catallo October 31, 2014
Worthy and UPS team up to track rape kits like online packages with new pilot program in Detroit WXYZ (ABC7) Heather Catallo November 4, 2014
Donations for rape kit investigations coming in, but more money still needed WXYZ (ABC7) Heather Catallo February 11, 2015
Expansion of the Wayne County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force announced Tuesday WXYZ Detroit Jessie Williams May 19, 2015
New state rape kit test mandate could reduce unsolved cases WWMT April 21, 2015
New law addresses backlog of rape kits WWMT-TV October 15, 2014
Lawmakers in DC look to address large number of untested rape kits WWMT May 21, 2015
DNA matches also backlogged in state WWLTV Katie Moore July 22, 2015
Victim haunted by rape helps with NOPD sex crime reform WWLTV Jaclyn Kelley May 5, 2015
Casino industry against rape exam funding bill WWLTV Jaclyn Kelley May 4, 2015
Investigation shows sex assault kits often underreported WWLTV Katie Moore July 17, 2015
2009 Report: Rape kits go untested WWLTV Katie Moore July 15, 2015
DNA links 13-year-old boy to second rape of a young girl WWLTV July 22, 2015
NOPD looking to technology for crime fighting initiatives in 2011 WWLTV Eyewitness News Maya Rodriguez January 4, 2011
DNA backlog reveals past problems with NOPD and rape cases WWLTV Eyewitness News Katie Moore January 18, 2011
Hundreds of DNA rape kits on backlog at State Police Crime Lab WVVA Annie Moore July 22, 2015

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