The Backlog

Media 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 Sourcesort ascending Author(s) Post Date
Rape suspect Melvin Yarbor back behind bars after ABC15 investigation ABC15 Dave Biscobing and Lauren Gilger January 8, 2014
The 2007 Survey of Law Enforcement Forensic Evidence Processing U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice Kevin J. Strom, et al. October 1, 2009
Making Sense of DNA Backlogs, 2012 - Myths vs. Reality National Institute of Justice Mark Nelson, Ruby Chase, and Lindsay DePalma January 1, 2014
The Road Ahead: Unanalyzed Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases National Institute of Justice Nancy Ritter May 1, 2011
Louisiana Senate Bill 296 Louisiana State Legislature Senator J.P. Morrell February 27, 2014
Hank investigates: shocking backlog in DNA testing of rape kits WHDH NBC Hank Phillippi Ryan June 11, 2013
Cornyn bill to fight nation-wide rape kit backlog passes Congress Your Houston News March 3, 2013
NOPD looking to technology for crime fighting initiatives in 2011 WWLTV Eyewitness News Maya Rodriguez January 5, 2011
DNA backlog reveals past problems with NOPD and rape cases WWLTV Eyewitness News Katie Moore January 19, 2011
Rape kits found untested at Hollywood PD WSVN News 7 Carmel Cafiero and Danny Cohen January 15, 2014
8News Investigates: 400,000 rape kits in U.S. are never tested ABC 8 WRIC Richmond WRIC November 7, 2013
Julie Weil takes her story to lawmakers asking for funds to test backlogged rape kits NBC5 WPTV Shannon Cake May 21, 2013
Thousands of rape kits left untested Women's Views on News Amy Higgans January 29, 2011
Ending the Rape Kit Backlog Women's Media Center Marcia G. Yerman February 21, 2014
$2 million to clear rape kit backlog cut from budget WMCTV 5 Nick Kenney April 10, 2014
Serial rapist could have been stopped years ago, says DA WMCTV 5 Justin Hanson March 21, 2014
Memphis has largest backlog of untested rape kits in the US WMCTV 5 Kontji Anthony February 12, 2014
Judge outraged by untested rape kits delaying justice WMCTV 5 Andrew Douglas January 31, 2014
Man sentenced for rape more than decade after assault WMCTV 5 WMCTV Staff January 29, 2014
Rape victim gets justice 11 years after assault WMC-TV 5 Nick Kenney December 12, 2013
Years delayed, Detroit starts testing rape kits for evidence NPR WlRN Florida Editorial Staff December 29, 2012
Ohio AG | December Sexual Assault kit testing stats WKYC Kim Wendel December 2, 2013
Many rape kits tested, many more to be done WKYC Tom Beres November 20, 2013
AG: First two indictments from untested rape kits NBC3 WKYC Kim Wendel March 15, 2013
Fort Worth hopes to win grant to help overcome rape kit backlog WFAA 8 (ABC) Jim Douglas July 16, 2013

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