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Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) GranteeCity of Jacksonville (Florida)

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In FY2016, SAKI awarded the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (JSO) a grant of more than $672,000 to complement the FY2015 SAKI grant awarded to the State Attorney's Office, Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida. The JSO used the funds to provide investigative resources—such as overtime pay for detectives and crime analysts—and to cover travel and training expenses. The JSO also used the funds to hire a project manager to work closely with the FY2015 SAKI multidisciplinary team and internal staff, as well as to renovate the office's property and evidence room for enhanced tracking and storage.

In FY2020, the City of Jacksonville was awarded an additional $1 million in SAKI funding to begin testing items of secondary evidence related to sexual assault kits that failed to yield probative results from DNA testing. The funding is also being used to support two positions (a full-time detective and site coordinator), as well as investigative overtime and crime analysis overtime to identify suspects and locate sexual assault survivors.

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

City of Jacksonville Funding

Year Amount Purpose Area
FY2016 $672,284 Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits
FY2020 $1,000,000 Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits

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News and Events

Warrant: Man arrested 16 years after woman reported sexual battery
Brie Isom, News4Jax, Dec 17, 2021
A man is facing a sexual battery charge more than 16 years after a woman reported it to police thanks to testing previously untested DNA evidence

Man charged with 1st-degree murder in 1985 killing of Jacksonville teen
Renee Beninate, News 4 Jax, Aug 19, 2021
#SAKISuccess! @JSOPIO charge man in 1985 slaying of teen thanks to DNA evidence and the support of @projectcoldcase

Convicted serial rapist faces new charge after rape kit test
Jenese Harris, Frank Powers, News4JAX, Jul 2, 2019
A convicted serial rapist who was serving prison time is facing a new sexual assault charge from 2010 based on DNA from a previously unsubmitted sexual assault kit.

23-year-old rape kit leads to arrest of Jacksonville man serving life sentence
Bridgette Matter, Action News Jax, May 28, 2019
A local rape kit tested 23 years after the crime has led to an arrest thanks to a hit in CODIS

City leaders, advocates shine light on sexual assault
Crystal Moyer, News 4 JAX, Apr 3, 2019
City leaders and victim advocates joined forces Wednesday morning at Jacksonville's City Hall to encourage victims of sexual assault to come forward and show their support during SAAM.

Women's Center of Jacksonville plans events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Beth Reese Cravey,, Mar 28, 2019
The Woman's Center of Jacksonville, FL will hold several events for SAAM including denim day for local businesses, an art exhibit, and hosting an event to honor local individuals making a difference in women's lives.

Convicted sex offender found guilty of 2006 Jacksonville rape
Frank Powers, News JAX 4, Mar 20, 2019
A man was convicted of two counts of sexual assault from 2006 after his DNA was discovered in a previously unsubmitted sexual assault kit from the incident when it was sent for testing by the FDLE.

Sex offender charged in 2006 Jacksonville rape
Tarik Minor, News 4 JAX, Mar 1, 2019
DNA evidence from a 2006 previously unsubmitted sexaul assualt kit in Jacksonville, FL led to the arrest of a man who has previously been charged and served time for multiple sexually based crimes.

Rape kit leads to arrest in 2011 case
Melanie Schultz, News4 JAX, Apr 6, 2018
As the result of a recently tested SAK, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrested a map in a 2011 case.

I-TEAM: Sex offender charged in 2006 Jacksonville rape
Tarik Minor, News4 JAX, Mar 29, 2018
A sex offender recently released from prison has been arrested in relation to a 12-year-old rape case. This arrest is a result of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement processing unsubmitted sexual assault kits.

New DNA tests prompt arrest of serial rape suspect
Corley Peel and Frank Powers, News4 JAX, Mar 19, 2018
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has arrested a convicted rapist with three more sexual assaults from 2008 to 2009.

Rape kit tested 2 decades later leads to arrest
Francesca Amiker, News4 Jax, Jan 16, 2017
A 1995 sexual assault case was solved, and the perpetrator was arrested on sexual battery charges after the sexual assault kit was tested. The sexual assault kit was tested in 2014 under state efforts to test all unsubmitted sexual assault kits. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is using state and federal funding to allow for processing previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits. Remaining kits are expected to be submitted to the FDLE crime lab early in 2017. For more information, read the full story.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office getting federal funding for rape kit testing backlog
Michael Yoshida, CBS 47, Nov 21, 2016
A federal grant will help Jacksonville, Florida law enforcement test a backlog of approximately 1,800 untested rape kits. The grant will also help fund Jacksonville staff training and the renovation of the property and evidence room. To learn more, read the full article.

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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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