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
A Missed Opportunity to Find Rapists The New York Times The Editorial Board October 14, 2014
Rape Evidence Backlog The New York Times The Editorial Board June 28, 2014
Best way to help rape victims? Test every rape kit Sacramento Bee The Editorial Board January 9, 2016
When will the New Orleans Police Department make solving rapes a priority?: Editorial The Picayune Times The Editorial Board December 20, 2014
Editorial: Clear Florida backlog of rape kits Tampa Bay Times The Editorial Board January 8, 2016
Inspector general can help keep NOPD on track: Editorial NOLA.com The Editorial Board September 9, 2015
Victims abandoned when police let untested rape evidence kits stack up: Editorial The Picayune Times The Editorial Board January 28, 2015
Thumb down: Report confirms thousands of untested sexual assault kits in Florida TC Palm The Editorial Board January 8, 2016
Efforts boosted to bring charges from Detroit rape kits The Detroit News The Detroit News May 19, 2015
MSU to Study Time Needed to Clear Rape Kit Backlog Forensic Magazine The Detroit News July 8, 2010
Bill could get untested rape kits off police shelves Joseph P. Smith The Daily Journal July 16, 2015
Another unfortunate way N.C. is unique The Charlotte Observer The Charlotte Observer Editorial Board June 26, 2017
Rape Kit Testing Leading to Indictments in Memphis Memphis Daily News The Associated Press January 22, 2015
Cold-Case Rape Kits Wait for Testing in Texas-wide Backlog KEYE TV The Associated Press January 26, 2015
Idaho House passes rape kit retention bill Idaho Statesman The Associated Press February 27, 2017
Idaho House passes rape kit retention bill Idaho Statesman The Associated Press February 27, 2017
Ohio AG: Nearly 6,000 rape kits tested for DNA NewsNet5 ABC The Associated Press January 10, 2015
DNA match brings new charges in decades-old Billings case TribTown.com The Associated Press December 4, 2015
Inventory: 1,163 rape kits sit untested across Louisiana The Picayune Times The Associated Press January 16, 2015
Seattle PD To Begin Testing All Sexual Assault Evidence CBS Seattle The Associated Press January 22, 2015
Texas SB 1636 Texas Legislature Texas Senate August 31, 2011
Untested Rape Kits Number Fewer Than 12 for Agencies CNHI News Oklahoma Tesina Jackson April 18, 2018
Extending the Time to Collect DNA in Sexual Assault Cases National Institute of Justice Journal Terry Taylor February 28, 2011
Reporting On Rape Kit Backlog Leads To New Law And Arrests In Ohio NPR Terry Gross, Rachel Dissell May 19, 2015
The law mandates rape exams — but the right training to conduct them is just as vital The Washington Post Terri Slapak-Fugate May 19, 2016

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