SAKI awarded the Fourth Judicial Circuit Florida State Attorney's Office a grant in the amount of $1.9 million in FY2015 to assist their SAKI efforts in Duval, Clay, and Nassau counties. Grant funds were used for the Cold Case Sexual Assault Unit to process previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs) and to investigate and prosecute cases. When the State Attorney's Office applied for the grant, there were 1,982 unsubmitted SAKs. Since that time, the City of Jacksonville SAKI Working Group has made many extraordinary achievements, including the following:
The Fourth Judicial Circuit Florida State Attorney's Office was awarded two additional grants totaling nearly $2.4 million in FY2018. This funding is being used to identify and test secondary evidence associated with SAKI cases; complete a lawfully owed DNA census within the circuit; continue investigation and prosecution of cases; and create a trauma-informed, victim-centered approach to sexual assault response.
For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.
|FY2015||$1,968,822||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2018||$1,500,000||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2018||$880,933||Expansion of DNA Databases to Assist with Sexual Assault Investigations and Prosecutions: Collection of Lawfully Owed DNA from Convicted Offenders and Arrestee DNA Collections|
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WJCT, Apr 6, 2016
The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative team in Florida's Fourth Judicial Circuit sat down with a Florida radio station to discuss how their initiative is teaming law enforcement, prosecutors, and advocates to reduce the backlog of untested sexual assault kits and help victims of sexual assault.
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.