Across the country, the rape kit backlog is making headlines. Journalists are uncovering backlogs, jurisdictions are implementing reforms to track and test rape kits and citizens are taking action. In the Media Center, you'll find the latest information about the backlog, including: commentary from the ENDTHEBACKLOG staff and backlog reformers, first-person testimonials from those impacted by the backlog, an archive of news articles, op-eds, investigative reports, legislation and government publications we've identified, and more.
THE BACKLOG BLOGSeptember 15, 2014
The untested kits date back to 1985.
ENDTHEBACKLOGAugust 21, 2014
Joyful Heart Foundation Applauds NIJ/FBI Partnership to Address Rape Kit Backlog; Urges Senate to Approve Critical Funding
This new partnership will give local and state jurisdictions the opportunity to submit untested kits to the federal government for testing. The FBI will serve as a “centralized testing laboratory” for those kits and will upload resulting DNA profiles into the national DNA database. NIJ will gather information from the program to inform rape kit collection and testing processes nationwide.
THE BACKLOG BLOGAugust 20, 2014
We turn to the story of 57-year-old Michael Phillips of Dallas, Texas, who was exonerated on July 25 after having spent 12 years in prison on charges of rape.
THE BACKLOG BLOGAugust 8, 2014
As legislative sessions have come to an end in states across the country, progress has been made in efforts to address the rape kit backlog.
THE BACKLOG BLOGJuly 9, 2014
Our new series, Cold Case Convictions, begins, highlighting the consequences in allowing rape kits to remain untested, as well as the value DNA evidence has for bringing justice to victims of sexual assault.
THE BACKLOG BLOGJuly 2, 2014
This summer has brought more news from Memphis, including developments with a federal lawsuit facing the city and the city’s investigation into the causes of its rape kit backlog.
THE BACKLOG BLOGJune 25, 2014
Working on the ENDTHEBACKLOG project this summer has already allowed me to understand how multiple forces—the law, advocacy groups, local police stations, crime labs—all work to shape the effectiveness of the legal system in bringing justice to victims of sexual assault.