Funding for Backlogged Sexual Assault Kits

This month, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice, announced that it will provide up to $41 million in 2015 to help communities accelerate testing of the estimated 400,000 sexual assault kits that have been backlogged in law enforcement storage rooms and crime labs across the country. In addition, President Obama included an additional $41 million to continue the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) in his FY 2016 Budget, along with $20 million for research under the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice.

The National Sexual Assault Kit Initative FY 2015 Competitive Grant is available to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies, prosecutor’s offices, or governmental on-law enforcement agencies acting as fiscal agents for the applicant. The program is designed specifically to focus on processing unsubmitted kits that have never been submitted to a crime laboratory. The deadline for applications is May 7, 2015.

Click here to read the solicitation. 

 
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Court Case Update

FINGERPRINT EVIDENCE went through a nearly three-year ordeal in the New Hampshire court system, but eventually emerged unscathed. On April 4, 2008, the New Hampshire Supreme Court unanimously reversed the decision of a lower court to exclude expert testimony regarding fingerprint evidence in the case of The State of New Hampshire v. Richard Langill. The case has been remanded back to the Rockingham County Superior Court.

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