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Across the country, the rape kit backlog is making headlines. Journalists are uncovering backlogs, jurisdictions are implementing reforms to track and test rape kits and citizens are taking action. In the Media Center, you'll find the latest information about the backlog, including: commentary from the END THE BACKLOG staff and backlog reformers, first-person testimonials from those impacted by the backlog, an archive of news articles, op-eds, investigative reports, legislation and government publications we've identified, and more.

THE BACKLOG BLOGSeptember 12, 2011

Update: California Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk for Signature

AB 322, California’s new rape kit bill, has been approved in the California State Assembly. It is now awaiting Governor Jerry Brown’s signature.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGSeptember 6, 2011

Update: California Rape Kit Bill Passes in State Senate; Seeks to Create Pilot Program for Processing Kits

A bill aimed at improving the backlog of untested rape kits in California has just passed in the California State Senate with a vote of 37-2. It will now be voted on in the assembly before heading to the Governor’s desk.

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EndTheBacklogApril 14, 2011

Rape Kit Reform in Santa Monica, CA

In another step forward for rape kit reform, the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) announced this week that they have sent all their untested rape kits to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department crime lab for testing, the Santa Monica Daily Press reports.

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EndTheBacklogFebruary 16, 2011

California Assemblyman Introduces Rape Kit Legislation

California Assemblyman Anthony Portantino has introduced legislation in the state government to track and report untested rape kits and set a time limit for labs to process them.

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EndTheBacklogFebruary 6, 2011

Update on the Rape Kit Backlog in Los Angeles

As many of you have heard, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) announced this week that they have ended their “historic” rape kit backlog of 6,132 kits, resulting in at least 300 new arrests. This is a significant milestone in the work to reform rape kit testing in Los Angeles city.

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EndTheBacklogDecember 12, 2010

In the News: LA Officials Honored as Local Backlog Reduced

Late last week, there was considerable coverage in the L.A. press about the current state of the backlog of untested rape kits in Los Angeles County. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck was honored Friday by the California Forensic Science Institute for his efforts on the issue.

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EndTheBacklogDecember 7, 2010

In The News: San Francisco Seeks to Tackle Local Backlog of Untested Rape Kits

One of our goals for the Backlog Blog is to help keep our wider community up-to-date on efforts to reduce the number of untested rape kits in localities all across the United States. From time to time, we’ll post news from around the country that highlights these efforts.

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ENDTHEBACKLOGSeptember 28, 2010

SVU raises backlog awareness

Joyful Heart Foundation hosts Law & Order: Special Victims Unit viewing events to raise awareness of the rape kit backlog.

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