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Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) GranteeMichigan Department of State Police

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The Michigan Department of State Police (MSP) joined the SAKI program in FY2015 after receiving a grant for $1,385,000. In collaboration with the Prosecuting Attorney's Association of Michigan (PAAM) and Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, the MSP has used SAKI grant funds to conduct a statewide inventory of unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs) in law enforcement custody, provide training to law enforcement and prosecutors, and assist with victim services in jurisdictions with a high volume of unsubmitted SAKs. These monies have also been used to support outsourcing DNA analysis for unsubmitted SAKs found during the inventory process.

In FY2016, the MSP applied for and received supplemental SAKI funding. The supplemental funding is being used to (1) assist with the DNA testing and technical reviews of SAKs inventoried, (2) develop a template for law enforcement to determine the testing status of SAKs that have previously been submitted to the crime laboratory but may have been only partially tested or tested with antiquated technology, (3) hire a research partner to assist with analyzing collected data, and (4) provide training and technical assistance—combined with resources—to jurisdictions with the highest numbers of unsubmitted SAKs.

In FY2018, the MSP received two SAKI awards totaling over $1.6 million. Funding from these awards is being used to (1) hire a SAK criminal intelligence analyst; (2) provide trauma-informed forensic interviewing training; and (3) offer subawards to the Treatment Board, PAAM, the Michigan State University Department of Psychology, local agencies investigating and prosecuting SAKI cases, and organizations providing support services to sexual assault victims. Funding will also be used to continue providing technical assistance and consultation to law enforcement, prosecutors, and sexual assault advocacy programs to ensure all participants/disciplines are prepared to respond to the evidence emerging from SAKI cases in a victim-centered manner. Lastly, the funding will help improve MSP's quality of sexual assault response in the future.

Since receiving funding in FY2015, MSP has achieved several goals and milestones—including the following:

  • Completed testing of outsourced SAKs in March 2018
  • Developed an 8-hour multidisciplinary training entitled "Creating a Coordinated Community Response to Sexual Assault"; the Michigan SAKI team partnered with the state's Violence Against Women Project to produce this training. The training covers topics such as the neurobiology of trauma, sexual assault nurse examiner response, forensic interviewing, offender-focused investigations, micro-corroboration, victim notification, and Michigan laws pertaining to sexual assault and SAKs. The training has been delivered to over 300 police officers, prosecutors, and advocates in over 36 counties across the state.
  • Secured the first conviction for MSP's SAKI project on June 9, 2017; this conviction was against serial sex offender David Hull. Hull was charged and convicted of four counts of criminal sexual conduct after being identified through DNA analysis. He was sentenced as a habitual offender to a term of imprisonment for 20-30 years.
  • Rolled out a statewide SAK evidence tracking system in 2019

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

Michigan Department of State Police Funding

Year Amount Purpose Area
FY2015 $1,385,000 Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits
FY2016 - supplemental award $999,979 Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits
FY2018 $1,000,000 Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits
FY2018 $633,907 Investigation and Prosecution of Cold Case Sexual Assaults

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News and Events

Michigan State Police gets federal grants to review rape kits
Brad Devereaux, MLive, Oct 13, 2016
Recent federal funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance will allow the Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division to conduct inventorying and testing of backlogged rape kits, as well as conduct investigations stemming from the rape kit testing. To learn more, read the full article.

Michigan works to process untested rape kits
Sarah Hurwitz, Wood TV, Apr 6, 2016
Testing of backlogged rape kits in Michigan became infamous when in 2009, prosecutors in Detroit discovered 11,000 untested sexual assault evidence kits, some dating as far back as the 1980’s. Since then, Michigan has been working tirelessly not only to catch up on its backlog, but to ensure that this never happens again. The testing revealed more than 470 links to serial rapists and connections to cases in 35 other states. Testing and prosecution led to legislation that requires law enforcement to submit any kit for testing within 28 days.

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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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