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) Post Datesort ascending
Law Enforcement Academy Pushes for Agencies to Submit All Sexual Assault Test Kits KRQE News 13 Rebecca Atkins December 14, 2018
House Approves Bill Setting Time Limits on Collection, Testing of Rape Kits Times Online J.D. Prose December 14, 2018
Completed Testing of 13,931 Rape Kits Signals Progress, Unfinished Business and Investigations Remain Plain Dealer Rachel Dissell February 23, 2018
Sen. Riddle Proposes Tracking System for Rape Kits Fulton Sun Helen Wilbers February 23, 2018
Rape Kits: Authorizing Outside Labs Is A Good Step Parkersburg News and Sentinel Parkersburg News and Sentinel Editorial Board February 22, 2018
Fight for Funding to Clear Backlog of Untested Rape Kits King5 News Natalie Brand February 22, 2018
Audit Counts More Than 6,500 Untested Rape Kits in Oklahoma Frontier Kassie McClung February 22, 2018
Proposed Law Aims to End Backlog of Untested Rape Kits KSBY Kelsey McFarland February 21, 2018
Bill Targeting Rape Kit Payments Headed to Idaho Senate KIVITV Marissa Morrison February 21, 2018
Crimes Waiting to Be Solved: TBI Backlog's Impact on Tri-Cities Cases WJHL Curtis McCloud February 20, 2018
Tennessee Rape Kits Sit on Shelves, Updates Pending Lebanon Democrat Stephanie Carson February 20, 2018
Eau Claire Man First Person Charged in Sexual Assault Kit Initiative WQOW Samantha Wensel February 20, 2018
First Charges from Wisconsin Rape Kits Testing Involve Fox Valley Case Post Crescent Keegan Kyle February 20, 2018
Leyva Introduces Legislation to Require Testing of Rape Kits East County Today ECT February 20, 2018
A Wrenching Dilemma Washington Post Jessica Contrera February 20, 2018
As TN Rape Kits Sit on Shelves, State Comptroller Urges Update Public News Service Stephanie Carson February 19, 2018
Serial Rapists Don't Necessarily Have an MO Marion Star Sarah Volpenhein February 19, 2018
W.Va. Cuts into Backlog of Sex Assault Kits Logan Banner Courtney Hessler February 18, 2018
North Carolina Unsure How Many Rape Kits Are Left Untested Citizen Times Sam DeGrave February 17, 2018
Bill Would Speed Up Testing of Rape Kits, DNA Herald-Dispatch Taylor Stuck February 16, 2018
APD, University Join Forces on Sexual Assault Kit Research Daily Texan Ravi Teja February 16, 2018
Editorial: State Finally Making Progress on Rape Kit Backlog Herald-Dispatch Lori Wolfe February 15, 2018
Police Had Suspect Name, Sexual Assault Kit but It Took More Than 10 Years to Test Evidence Oregon Live Maxine Bernstein February 14, 2018
Portland Police Make First Conviction from Testing Decades-Old Sex Assault Evidence Kits KGW8 Nina Mehlhaf February 14, 2018
State Crime Lab Head Says Rape Kit Testing is Progressing Spokesman Associated Press February 14, 2018


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