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
More than half of rape kits in Magic Valley were not tested in 2016 KMVT Jeffrey Dahdah December 29, 2016
Nearly half of Idaho’s rape kits not sent to lab Associated Press Kimberlee Kruesi December 28, 2016
Pasadena among cities with high rate of 'unfounded' rape complaints Houston Chronicle Mike Snyder December 28, 2016
State audit shows nearly half of rape kits not tested Idaho Press-Tribune Ruth Brown December 27, 2016
Madison Wertz Sun-Gazette Cara Morningstar December 26, 2016
Of cities that tested more than 28,000 rape kits, Cleveland is getting more convictions. Here's why. Cleveland 19 News Cleveland 19 Digital Team December 21, 2016
Even after backlogged rape kits tested, convictions are rare CBS News Jericka Duncan and Laura Strickler December 21, 2016
Allegheny County making 'swift progress' on rape kit backlog Trib Live Megan Guza December 21, 2016
Auditor General DePasquale notes improvement in rape kit backlog Ellwood City Ledger December 21, 2016
Neuman to introduce bill to improve rape kit testing Observer-Reporter December 20, 2016
ABQ City Council tries to handle rape kit backlog problem KOAT Chris Guardaro December 19, 2016
Man gets prison for knife-point rape of pregnant wheelchair-bound woman MLive Oona Goodin-Smith December 19, 2016
Bradley County DA to create cold case task force News Channel 9 James Torrez December 19, 2016
Lawmaker wants new rules for APD's handling of rape kits KOB Caleb James December 19, 2016
DA’s office creating Cold Case Task Force Cleveland Daily Banner Allen Mincey December 17, 2016
Eight arrests made from latest rape kit backlog tests KSNV News3LV Christy Wilcox December 17, 2016
Lawmakers authorize another $1.2M to test rape evidence kits Associated Press Michelle Rindels December 16, 2016
A month after Utah judge threatens to jail crime lab employee, DNA results received by defense in rape case The Salt Lake Tribune Jessica Miller December 16, 2016
State Lawmakers Briefed on County Police Sexual Assault Kits Backlog Hawaii Public Radio Wayne Yoshioka December 15, 2016
With new money, state chips away at daunting backlog of rape evidence — but can’t keep up Seattle Times Sara Jean Green December 15, 2016
Two acquitted, one sentenced in separate local rape cases The Commercial Appeal Katie Fretland December 15, 2016
Nation Has Epidemic of Rape Kits Sitting on Shelves for Years. One Serial Rapist Went Free for Over Decade... Independent Journal Review Jed Smith December 15, 2016
Herald Editorial: Where are the rest of Utah's elected officials working to combat rapists and sexual assault offenders? Daily Herald Daily Herald Editorial Board December 15, 2016
If Utah values women's lives, it won't allow another rape kit to go untested Standard-Examiner Standard-Examiner Editorial Board December 15, 2016
Rape survivor, exoneree credit testing of old DNA samples with solving cases Dallas News Naheed Rajwani December 14, 2016


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