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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Forensic Podiatry (Part Two of Two)

THE DISCIPLINE of forensic podiatry—or, in other words, the examination of pedal evidence—has progressed significantly over the past ten years. It is no longer a question of “What can you do with a footprint?” but rather, “Who can we use to evaluate the footprint?” Cases involving pedal evidence, especially bloody footprints and issues of determining shoe sizing or fit issues compared to questioned footwear, have become more common over the past two or three years.