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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.

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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THE BACKLOG BLOGMay 13, 2015

House of Representatives Committee Includes Full Funding for Rape Kit Reform

The Joyful Heart Foundation today praised the House Committee on Appropriations’ inclusion of $41 million in funding for the Justice Department’s community-based sexual assault response initiative in their FY16 Commerce, Justice and Science funding bill.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGMay 4, 2015

Interview with Rick Bell: Pt. 3

In our final part of his interview, Rick talks about how Cuyahoga County is moving forward to address their backlog, and how they’re collaborating with other cities that are doing the same.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGApril 29, 2015

Reminder: Grant opportunities to address the rape kit backlog are still open

There is still time to apply for the New York District Attorney's Office's (DANY) Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Grant Program, which will provide $35 million in grants to jurisdictions addressing their backlogs of untested rape kits.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGApril 27, 2015

Interview with Rick Bell: Pt. 2

Several years ago, law enforcement in Cleveland discovered nearly 4,000 untested rape kits, dating from 1993. By 2014, every kit had been submitted for testing in accordance with Ohio’s Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative, and the testing of the first 2,326 kits yielded stunning results: 968 matches in the CODIS national DNA database, 324 investigations, and 204 criminal indictments.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGApril 20, 2015

Interview with Rick Bell: Pt. 1

ENDTHEBACKLOG had the opportunity to interview Rick Bell, the Special Investigations Division Chief in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGApril 1, 2015

Reform Is Happening

With its $35 million investment, the New York District Attorney’s Office will help communities achieve the results that rape kit testing has shown to bring time and time again: safety, justice and healing.

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