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...
As an organization comprised of people who have been impacted by sexual violence, PERL is very concerned by revelations that Lt. Ouita Knowlton, the award-winning supervisor of the MPD's DNA Unit, was relieved of duty April 3 and now faces a criminal investigation. We...
Award-winning supervisor of unit handling cold rape cases has been relieved of duty and is now under criminal investigation.
By Katie Fretland Source: Commercial Appeal April 17, 2017 More women are joining legal proceedings against the city over the accumulation of thousands of untested rape kits disclosed three years ago. Meanwhile a campaign is looking for "lost survivors" of Memphis...
PERL’s position is that civil asset forfeiture creates incentives for law enforcement to focus on revenue generating crimes (like drug offenses) at the expense of other crimes — like rape.
Contrary to the popular narrative, untested rape kits are not the problem. They are just one symptom of larger problems with policing rape.
Police departments have a strong incentive to manipulate crime data because lower crime rates make public officials look more successful.