The Backlog

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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
Two hospitals partner to restore local access to sexual assault exams News Tribune Brittany Hilderbrand May 29, 2017
Stop serial rapists with prompt evidence tests Albuquerque Journal Diane Dimond May 27, 2017
This State Assembly Bill Could Help End California's Notorious Rape Kit Backlog LAist Emma Specter May 26, 2017
Cold case: Man back in Cobb to face charges in 1986 double rape, murder AJC.com Lauren Foreman May 26, 2017
No one knows how many untested rape kits there are in California. This bill aims to fix that Los Angeles Times Jazmine Ulloa May 26, 2017
DNA testing of Virginia’s rape kit backlog leads to ‘hits’ in Va. Beach, Fairfax WAVY.com WRIC/WAVY May 25, 2017
#TestTheKits: 44 DNA hits made in Virginia's rape kit backlog 13 News Now Laura Gellar May 25, 2017
DNA results from rape kit backlog in Memphis reveal possible serial killer WREG Memphis Bridget Chapman May 25, 2017
Eliminate Utah's evidence backlog. Fully fund the state crime lab Standard-Examiner Standard-Examiner Editorial Board May 25, 2017
Backlogged Memphis rape kit tied to serial killer, rapist WMC Action News 5 KFVS May 24, 2017
APD Creates Team Dedicated to Clearing Rape Kit Backlog Spectrum News Jeff Stensland May 24, 2017
New squad will take up hundreds of Austin’s delayed rape investigations Austin American-Statesman Tony Plohetski May 23, 2017
Task force investigates nearly 7,000 old Cuyahoga Co. rape cases, but so far only 419 arrested News 5 Cleveland Kristin Volk May 23, 2017
Detroit's Most Wanted: Llamar Venson wanted for raping woman WXYZ Ann Marie LaFlamme May 19, 2017
AG forms teams in 2 W. MI counties to investigate rape kit cases Wood TV Evan Dean May 19, 2017
Altered bill on rape kits moves through Nevada Legislature Las Vegas Review-Journal Ben Botkin May 19, 2017
Hall Explains Vote Against Crowdfunding Rape Kit Testing KETR Mark Haslett May 19, 2017
Rape Kit Reform Passes House, Sent to Governor’s Desk for Signing Alaska Native News Michael Mason May 19, 2017
Crowdfunding bill for rape kit testing advances in Texas Senate KSAT Mary Claire Patton May 19, 2017
Brad Schimel falsely claims there is no ‘backlog’ of untested rape kits in Wisconsin Politifact Eric Litke May 19, 2017
Hall Only Texas Senator To Vote Against Rape Kit Crowdfunding KETR Mark Haslett May 18, 2017
West Virginia tracks sexual assault evidence GCN Matt Leonard May 18, 2017
Texas Legislature Advances Rape Kit Backlog Donation Bill U.S. News & World Report AP May 17, 2017
Texas Senate advances bill to crowdfund rape kit testing The Texas Tribune Jim Malewitz May 17, 2017
Despite backlog of rape kits, California’s not requiring they be tested or tallied CALmatters Samantha Young May 17, 2017

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