SAKI awarded the Maricopa County Attorney's Office (MCAO) a grant in the amount of $1.2 million, which it will use to test sexual assult kits (SAKs), as well as investigate and prosecute cases involving the kits. SAKI also awarded the Phoenix Police Department a grant in the amount of $1.5 million, which it will use to test SAKs and implement several initiatives involving training, investigations, and evidence processing.
MCAO received additional SAKI funding in 2017 for more than $1,199,503. This money will be used to continue testing SAKs and to hire six new staff members in various roles to support the SAKI program.
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How EV prosecutor got justice for rape victims
Jim Walsh, East Valley Tribune, Jul 14, 2019
Maricopa county has experienced great success in their efforts to test all of their previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits and only need to send 200 more kits for testing.
Maricopa County close to clearing out backlog of 4,500 rape kits
Jessica Swarner, KTAR News, May 24, 2019
90% of the kits in the backlog have been fully tested. The 250 kits that remain are expected to be completed by the end of the year. Of the kits that have been tested, 754 resulted in a “DNA hit" in CODIS.
DNA testing on backlog of rape kits in metro Phoenix has produced results
Kevin Stone, KTAR News, Mar 14, 2019
Maricopa county has submitted 93 percent of their previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits for testing and testing has resulted in 14 indictments and 7 convictions.
State getting convictions as it slowly works through rape kit backlog
Philip Athey, Cronkite News, Apr 20, 2018
As of March 2018, Arizona has tested 54 percent of their backlog of 6,424 untested sexual assault kits. To prevent a future backlog in Arizona, state law now requires that all new rape kits be tested within 15 days.
Committed to clearing untested rape kit backlog
Office of the Governor Doug Ducey, Oct 17, 2016
Governor Doug Ducey established a task force in January 2016, known as Executive Order 2016-02, dedicated to inventorying Arizona’s untested rape kits, making recommendations about testing the kits, and creating policies to ensure the kits are tracked more efficiently in the future. He recently received a report from the task force outlining a plan to address the injustice of the untested rape kits, and suggested that all local jurisdictions adopt a test-all approach as well as contract with a vendor to establish a state-wide evidence tracking system.
Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and Phoenix Police Department awarded more than $2 million in grants to test rape kits
Amanda Jacinto, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, Oct 3, 2016
The Phoenix Police Department and Maricopa County have each received funding from the U.S. Department of Justice to analyze and test previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits. Both entities will also use the funding to train staff, investigate cold cases, and process evidence surrounding sexual assault. To learn more about Arizona’s efforts to combat sexual assault, read the full article.
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.