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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 BLOGMay 19, 2015

Joyful Heart Releases New Data on Rape Kit Backlogs in Five U.S. Cities

As part of its ongoing effort to identify the number of untested rape kits across the United States, the Joyful Heart Foundation today released information obtained from Charlotte, NC; Jacksonville, FL; Kansas City, MO; Portland, OR and San Diego, CA

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THE BACKLOG BLOGMarch 5, 2015

Houston reaches significant milestone in addressing untested rape kit backlog

Last week, Houston officials announced that testing has been completed on 6,663 previously untested rape kits, some dating as far back as the 1980s.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGNovember 6, 2014

Experts Explain Why Testing Every Kit Matters

We sometimes hear from jurisdictions that they don’t consider the untested rape kits in their storage facilities to be part of a backlog—that officials actively chose not to test those kits. These jurisdictions fail to see the value of testing every kit booked into evidence, particularly when the identity of the perpetrator is known.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGNovember 3, 2014

California Audit Reveals Significant Backlog in Major Metropolitan Areas

A recent audit in California, which closely examined practices in three of the state’s largest metropolitan areas, revealed that over half of the sexual assault kits collected between 2011 and 2013 were never analyzed by crime labs.

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