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Counting the Uncounted: The Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Project
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- $1555.00 raised
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Alaska takes steps to address its rape kit backlog
Although our reporting on the rape kit backlog is often bleak, there is some good news - lawmakers in Alaska are taking a step in the right direction by adding $2.75 million to the budget for the testing of every backlogged kit.
One year into our project to track the extent of the rape kit backlog
Vanessa Nason, who runs our “Counting the Uncounted: The Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Project,” reflects on a year spent tracking down the extent of the rape kit backlog in America.
Until recently, police in Columbus, Ohio couldn’t differentiate between rape kits and shopping carts
A public records request with the Columbus Police Department revealed that until a year ago, the department tagged rape kits in evidence as “other,” a designation also used for shopping carts and cell phones.
Cost is a significant hurdle to ending the rape kit backlog
For the last year, we’ve been requesting data surrounding the national backlog of untested sexual assault evidence. While we still don’t know the actual number- so far more than 225,000 rape kits have been found sitting on evidence collection shelves and in hospitals from coast to coast - we have a greater understanding of the many hurdles victims and law enforcement face. There are many reasons rape kits go untested, and the lack of forensic funding continues to exacerbate the problem.
Cooking with FOIA: George Bush’s declassified grilling tips
From fudge to top-secret cupcakes, the Central Intelligence Agency’s CREST database contains an abundance of once-classified recipes with often tenuous ties to the agency itself. An article from the May, 1976 issue of Texas Monthly is one such example, featuring then-CIA director George H.W. Bush’s guide to making the perfect hamburger.
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|MassHealth CBHI Reports||Awaiting Response||Executive Office of Health and Human Services||Massachusetts|
|BPD/ICE Task Force||Completed||Boston Police Department||Boston, MA|
|Local level SAEC polices/data (Portland, Oregon) (2)||Fix Required||Portland Police Bureau||Portland, OR|
|Missing Red Sox Banner - BPW||Fix Required||Boston Public Works||Boston, MA|
|Missing Red Sox Banner - BPD||No Responsive Documents||Boston Police Department||Boston, MA|