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Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) GranteeKansas Bureau of Investigation

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In FY2015, SAKI awarded the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) a $2-million grant, which they used to identify and evaluate the underlying factors that have contributed to the accumulation of unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs). This grant money also helped develop evidence-based best practices and model policy guidance to prevent future SAK accumulation, test previously unsubmitted SAKs, investigate and prosecute resulting cases, and address the need for victim notification and re-engagement with the criminal justice system.

The KBI, funded 2015-2019, used SAKI funding to achieve several goals and milestones, including the following:

  • Developed a report, Identification of Underlying Factors, which highlights the underlying circumstances that contributed to the accumulation of unsubmitted SAKs throughout Kansas. The publication cites a lack of training, resources, policy, and societal awareness as the four core factors; additionally, the report identifies specific recommendations to address the barriers associated with each factor. These findings and recommendations have been shared with agencies in Kansas that have a role in responding to sexual assault in hopes of preventing a future accumulation.
  • Identified more than 2,200 previously unsubmitted SAKs across the state. Recognizing that laboratory resources were limited, only a portion of the full inventory was tested. The results of this analysis will help KBI develop evidence-based recommendations to address the remaining statewide inventory and determine model policies for future SAK submission and retention. KBI selected 12 local agencies to submit a portion of their SAKs (i.e., a cross-sectional sample) for a "test-all" analysis; each agency was required to have at least 25 SAKs in their property room to participate in the analysis. This amounted to approximately 25% of the total statewide inventory and encompassed local agencies from both urban and rural jurisdictions.
  • Developed a new strategy—Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) hit packets—to assist local law enforcement agencies. When a DNA match occurs from laboratory analysis, a SAKI research analyst sends a packet of materials to law enforcement to assist with evaluating the case for reinvestigation. This packet includes the laboratory reports, CODIS hit notification, an in-depth suspect criminal background, suspect's last known location and contact information, and victim's last known location and contact information.

For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.

Kansas Bureau of Investigation Funding

Year Amount Purpose Area
FY2015 $2,000,000 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.

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