The Maryland Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention (OCCP) will use its FY2018 SAKI grant of $2,620,408 to implement a program over 3 years that creates, implements, and adapts a testing system for their sexual assault kits (SAKs). The OCCP is specifically interested in introducing statewide policies for kit testing. The OCCP will partner with other statewide agencies, as well as its Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) administrator and the Maryland Coalition for Sexual Assault.
In 2021, Maryland received an additional grant in the amount of $2.5 million, with the stated purposes of hiring additional law enforcement investigators; hiring a CODIS hit coordinator, who will also enter cases into ViCAP; maintaining victim services as SAKs continue to be tested; and testing the nearly 1,000 remaining SAKs.
For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.
|FY2018||$2,620,408||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2021||$2,500,000||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
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Maryland General Assembly passes legislation to require testing of most rape kits, add transparency
Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun, Apr 5, 2019
Maryland senate passes a test all bill for sexual assault kits that includes a measure stating that all sexual assault kits must be submitted for testing within 30 days.
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.