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
Why rape kits go untested in San Diego KPBS Public Broadcasting Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh September 13, 2016
The cost of clearing the rape kit backlog Austin Chronicle Chase Hoffberger September 13, 2016
Austin police pledge to find money to clear up rape kit backlog Austin American-Statesman Elizabeth Findell September 12, 2016
The "Magical Unicorn" Software That Could Make a Dent in the Rape Kit Backlog Slate Nora Caplan-Bricker September 12, 2016
3,400 and counting: Untested rape kits discovered in statewide audit The Northern Light Victoria Petersen September 12, 2016
Justice and closure for thousands of sexual assault victims in Austin lies in the hands city council Fox 7 Austin RaeAnn Christensen September 11, 2016
Justice and closure for thousands of sexual assault victims in Austin lies in the hands city council Fox 7 Austin RaeAnn Christensen September 11, 2016
Time bandits: The senseless delays in testing rape-kit evidence Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Editorial Board September 11, 2016
A Revolutionary Algorithm To Clear Up Rape Kit Backlogs Vocativ Tracy Clark-Flory September 10, 2016
Eliminate rape kit backlog The Times-Tribune The Times-Tribune Editorial Board September 10, 2016
Department Of Justice Invests $63 Million In Nation's Crime Labs PR Newswire PR Newswire September 9, 2016
More funding, penalties urged to tackle rape kit backlog The Philadelphia Tribune Mark Scolforo September 8, 2016
Detective lauds sexual assault kits Portsmouth Daily Times Frank Lewis September 8, 2016
When Detectives Dismiss Rape Reports Before Investigating Them Buzzfeed Alex Campbell and Katie J.M. Baker September 8, 2016
Two California congresswomen are behind the new Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights The Los Angeles Times Sarah D. Wire September 8, 2016
Reform statute of limitations for rapists Orange County Register John Phillips September 7, 2016
Testing Rape Kit Backlogs Saves Millions Of Dollars Vocativ Tracy Clark-Flory September 7, 2016
The U.S. Is One Step Closer to a Federal Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights Slate Christina Cauterucci September 7, 2016
Auditor General DePasquale calls on state lawmakers to act on backlog to get 3,000 sexual assault kits tested The Beaver County Times J.D. Prose September 7, 2016
Pa. auditor general blames state for backlog on rape kits Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Karen Langley September 7, 2016
Officials create team to investigate cases Greenfield Daily Reporter Caitlin VanOverberghe September 7, 2016
California may soon eliminate the statute of limitations for rape charges Washington Post Wonkblog Danielle Paquette September 7, 2016
DNA Hit in an Assault Was Key to Solving Minnesota Abduction ABC News Amy Forliti September 6, 2016
Rape kit backlog reflects failure of justice in Alaska Alaska Dispatch News Shannyn Moore September 6, 2016
OC Crime Lab pushing to get rape kits turned in and tested The Orange County Register Kelly Puente September 6, 2016


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