In collaboration with the Prosecuting Attorney's Association of Michigan (PAAM) and Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, the Michigan Department of State Police will use SAKI grant funds to conduct a statewide inventory of unsubmitted SAKs in law enforcement custody, provide training to law enforcement and prosecutors, and assist with victim services in jurisdictions with a high volume of unsubmitted sexual assault evidence kits. These monies will also be used to fund the enhancement of a sexual assault evidence kit tracking system for victims and the outsourcing of DNA analysis of unsubmitted SAKs found during the inventory process.
The Michigan Department of State Police, funded in 2015, has used SAKI funding to achieve several goals and milestones:
To learn more about their progress, read below for other news and events out of Michigan Department of State Police.
Michigan State Police gets federal grants to review rape kits
Brad Devereaux, MLive, Oct 13, 2016
Recent federal funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance will allow the Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division to conduct inventorying and testing of backlogged rape kits, as well as conduct investigations stemming from the rape kit testing. To learn more, read the full article.
Michigan works to process untested rape kits
Sarah Hurwitz, Wood TV, Apr 6, 2016
Testing of backlogged rape kits in Michigan became infamous when in 2009, prosecutors in Detroit discovered 11,000 untested sexual assault evidence kits, some dating as far back as the 1980’s. Since then, Michigan has been working tirelessly not only to catch up on its backlog, but to ensure that this never happens again. The testing revealed more than 470 links to serial rapists and connections to cases in 35 other states. Testing and prosecution led to legislation that requires law enforcement to submit any kit for testing within 28 days.