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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 END THE BACKLOG 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.

EndTheBacklogMarch 29, 2017

The Accountability Project: Cities Hinder Efforts to Shed Light on Untested Rape Kits

Over the past three years, we have used public records requests to uncover nearly 39,000 untested rape kits in 41 jurisdictions across 28 states. Today, we are releasing information from cities that have not responded or have not fully responded to our requests. Despite years of effort, and multiple attempts, these cities have refused or ignored our requests for information—or have outright admitted that they don't know the extent of their rape kit backlogs—and have not taken any steps to start counting.

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EndTheBacklogFebruary 21, 2017

The Accountability Project Uncovers Over 1,000 Additional Untested Rape Kits

Earlier this month, Joyful Heart released records acquired from 11 new jurisdictions through The Accountability Project. Using public records requests, we have uncovered more than 34,000 untested rape kits to date.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGDecember 18, 2015

ENDTHEBACKLOG News: December/January

This month, we celebrate the inclusion of $45M in the FY16 Federal Spending Bill, announce the expansion of The Accountability Project, spotlight four cities who are working to address the rape kit backlog, and take a look at DOJ's work to prevent gender bias.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGJune 30, 2015

The risk we take with Charlotte's rape kit backlog

Recently the Joyful Heart Foundation announced that Charlotte has 1,019 untested rape kits in law enforcement evidence storage facilities.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGMay 19, 2015

Joyful Heart Releases New Data on Rape Kit Backlogs in Five U.S. Cities

As part of its ongoing effort to identify the number of untested rape kits across the United States, the Joyful Heart Foundation today released information obtained from Charlotte, NC; Jacksonville, FL; Kansas City, MO; Portland, OR and San Diego, CA

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