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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 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 BLOGOctober 1, 2014

Cold Case Convictions: Cuyahoga County

Cleveland, which is located in Cuyahoga County, has been leading the way in securing cold case convictions after submitting nearly 4,000 backlogged rape kits for testing as part of Ohio's Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative.

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ENDTHEBACKLOGSeptember 19, 2014

Senate Recesses Without Funding Rape Kit Reform

Politics in the U.S. Congress have stalled new, critical funding to address the nation’s rape kit backlog.

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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.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGAugust 8, 2014

Legislative Roundup: More States Address the Backlog

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.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGJuly 2, 2014

Spotlight on Memphis: Updates on the City’s Backlog

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.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGJune 18, 2014

Salt Lake City Takes Initiative to End its Backlog

The Salt Lake City Police Department recently launched the “Code R Kit Project” to review the more than 700 untested rape kits in its custody, the oldest kit being from 1987.

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ENDTHEBACKLOGJune 5, 2014

Senate Continues Landmark Reforms | TAKE ACTION

This morning, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $41 million in its FY2015 Commerce, Justice and Science spending bill to address the rape kit backlog.

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