City officials have said many of the untested kits involve older cases from an era before investigators realized the potential of DNA testing. Yet Wilkerson’s testimony provides what might be a watershed moment in the controversy: He says the problem persisted well after DNA testing became standard practice.
GPS monitors are usually associated with people suspected or convicted of a crime. Yet, Memphis offers the devices to victims of rape and domestic violence.
Law enforcement pursue drug crimes instead of rape because civil asset forfeiture incentivizes drug policing, not rape.
No Backlog: Why the Epidemic of Untested Rape Kits Is Not a Symbol of Insufficient Police Budgets But Instead a Failure to Investigate Rape
Untested rape kits show a widespread failure of US police to investigate rape.
MPD detective Ouita Knowlton gave the family of a rape suspect sensitive details from investigative files, an internal report says.
Meaghan Ybos, who founded rape victim advocacy group People for the Enforcement of Rape Laws, said she sees the Fed Up campaign as a continuation of a law enforcement culture more interested in glitzy public relations and prosecutions that “don’t equate to safer communities.”
Press conference today at 9:15 AM at 125 N. Main St. Memphis, Tennessee -- May 31, 2017 -- The Memphis-based advocacy group People for the Enforcement of Rape Laws (PERL) calls on Mayor Strickland to improve rape policing and remove himself from the problematic...
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The National Institute of Justice, the agency charged with overseeing over a billion dollars to test rape kits, is unable to answer rudimentary questions about the functioning of its grant programs.
By Victoria Garber Source: The Oberlin Review May 5, 2017 Playwright, actor and activist Heather Marlowe graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2009 with a degree in art history before moving to San Francisco, where she dedicated much of her time...
People for the Enforcement of Rape Laws is a program of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center to monitor law enforcement responses to sexual violence. Our goal is to end the law enforcement and political practices that effectively decriminalize sexual violence. To this end, we connect victims with information about their rights and equip individuals with tools to advocate for themselves and others and advocate for fair criminal justice policies. We urge you to learn more about America’s hidden rape crisis, where it has been exposed, and why it matters. We invite you to take action and support our efforts to make sure law enforcement takes rape seriously.