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
A rapist left his dentures behind at the crime scene. His name was written inside. But no one looked. The Washington Post Kyle Swenson July 31, 2017
This is why more than 2,200 Kansas sexual assault kits haven’t been tested yet The Topeka Capital-Journal Katie Moore July 30, 2017
California pushes rape-kit testing bills to end backlog San Francisco Chronicle Melody Gutierrez July 29, 2017
Man accused of 1987 child rape may not go to trial Billings Gazette Bronte Wittpenn July 28, 2017
Man accused of 1987 child rape may not go to trial Billings Gazette Bronte Wittpenn July 28, 2017
Man accused of 1987 child rape may not go to trial Billings Gazette Bronte Wittpenn July 28, 2017
Editorial: Testing backlog of rape kits showing results The Herald-Dispatch Herald-Dispatch Editorial Board July 28, 2017
Rape kit testing yields results in old cases KOIN 5 Amy Frazier July 27, 2017
Why rape evidence kits should all be tested in San Diego The San Diego Union-Tribune Suzanne Morse & Lori Saldaña July 27, 2017
After A College Student Killed Herself Following Her Alleged Rape, A Congressman Wants To Change The Law BuzzFeed News Katie J.M. Baker July 27, 2017
Kansas Bureau of Investigation reports on ways to improve sexual assault prosecutions The Kansas City Star Max Londberg July 26, 2017
KBI makes recommendations to prevent rape cases from getting shelved and going unsolved Fox 4 KC Mary Pulley July 25, 2017
3,600 backlogged rape kits tested in Florida WFTV.com Angela Jacobs July 25, 2017
With 600th rape kit indictment, Prosecutor Michael O'Malley reflects on two ways to stop serial crimes cleveland.com Rachel Dissell July 25, 2017
DNA, Name On Dentures Yield Guilty Plea in Rape Case Memphis Flyer Toby Sells July 25, 2017
Idaho's rape charges rarely result in sex crime convictions Idaho State Journal Kimberlee Kruesi July 25, 2017
88 suspects identified after GBI tests old rape kits WSB TV Richard Elliott July 24, 2017
88 suspects identified after GBI tests old rape kits WSB-TV Atlanta Richard Elliot July 24, 2017
Sen. Patty Murray Is Not Giving Up on Rape Kit Legislation Jezebel Prachi Gupta July 24, 2017
Testing old rape kits leads to first indictment in Louisville Courier-Journal Matthew Glowicki July 24, 2017
Director leaving Montana State Crime Lab; AG to appoint replacement Missoulian Jayme Fraser July 23, 2017
Legacy of untested sex assault kits: 'I knew he was still out there' Oregon Live Maxine Bernstein July 23, 2017
DNA hits lead to four new prosecutions so far in three Oregon counties from sexual assault kit tests Oregon Live Maxine Bernstein July 23, 2017
Sex assault victims in Salt Lake County can now get information about the status of their rape kits The Salt Lake Tribune Jessica Miller July 22, 2017
Greeley man convicted of kidnapping in 32-year-old rape case sentenced to 24 years in prison Greeley Tribune Tommy Simmons July 21, 2017

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