SAKI has awarded the Delaware Criminal Justice Council (CJC) two grants totaling close to $2.2 million, which they have used to convene a multidisciplinary team of experts to enhance the criminal justice system's response to sexual assault in Delaware. The Delaware CJC and SAKI working group have inventoried all unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs) and are testing those that are deemed eligible.
Of the SAKs submitted for testing with the FY2015 grant under the Executive Office for the Governor of Delaware, 28 returned positive for DNA and 10 had profiles that were eligible for the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). The team performed intake investigations on the CODIS hits and then worked to notify victims.
The Executive Office of the Governor of Delaware received additional funding in FY2018. This funding is being used to identify and test SAKs that have secondary evidence, fund the existing site coordinator position, provide overtime funding for Violence Criminal Apprehension Program and CODIS entries, and promote policy development for improved victim engagement.
For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.
|FY2015||$1,168,662||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2018||$1,000,000||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
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Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative aims to create a coordinated community response that ensures just resolution to sexual assault cases. Through this program, funding is provided to support multidisciplinary community response teams engaged in the comprehensive reform of jurisdictions approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits.