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Kansas Completes Rape Kit Inventory - Interview
Cecelia Jenkins, 6 News Lawrence, Apr 6, 2017
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) completed a statewide inventory of untested sexual assault kits, identifying over 2,000 kits. With current funding, the KBI estimates at least 2 years to complete testing. Follow the link for an interview with KBI executive officer Katie Whisman, who leads the SAKI effort in Kansas.

Montana will standardize collection, testing of sexual assault kits
Holly K Michels, Billings Gazette, Apr 3, 2017
The Montana Department of Justice is developing a tracking system for the estimated 1,400 untested rape kits that have been stored in evidence rooms around the state. The state plans to enter all rape kits into the system and continue to add them going forward. The state will evaluate why testing of these kits did not occur in the first place. The department is also hiring a victim advocate to begin outreach efforts to those who have untested kits. Read the full story to learn about Montana's testing and training plans.

Upcoming Webinar - DNA 101 for Law Enforcement Agencies
SAKI TTA, Mar 29, 2017
Join Amy Jeanguenat, a forensic DNA expert, as she discusses the basic science behind forensic DNA testing and reporting for sexual assault kits. During the webinar participants will learn how forensic DNA testing is performed on a sexual assault kit, typical crime laboratory workflows for processing SAKs, and how to interpret common reporting statements

Update on untested rape kits in Nevada
Ben Margiott, MyNews4, Mar 28, 2017
The Nevada Attorney General's Office provided an update on testing progress across the state. As of March 2017, around one third of untested kits in the state have been sent for testing. The office set December 2018 as the target date to complete testing in Southern Nevada. Read the story to get the full update.

SAKI TTA Webinar - Conducting a Large-Scale, Multi-Jurisdictional Inventory
SAKI TTA, Mar 21, 2017
Join SAKI TTA for an upcoming webinar focusing on the Wisconsin Department of Justice's comprehensive statewide inventory of previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits. This webinar will discuss the inventory steps the project team took and what they learned throughout the process. This webinar will also touch on how their methodology could be applied to other states conducting similar efforts.

Kansas becomes the first state to complete statewide sexual assault kit count with 100% voluntary law enforcement participation
Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Mar 14, 2017
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, (KBI) completed a statewide inventory of all previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits in Kansas. This count was accomplished with the full participation of each of Kansas’s 383 city and county law enforcement agencies. They are the first state to have 100% participation that is voluntary. KBI identified 2,220 unsubmitted sexual assault kits in the possession of 86 law enforcement agencies. Approximately 1,200 have been submitted to the forensic laboratory as of March 2017. Find out more by reading the full release.

Attorney General Statewide Law Enforcement Survey Finds 4,265 Untested Sexual Assault Evidence Kits
Iowa Department of Justice Office of the Attorney General, Mar 7, 2017
The Iowa Attorney General's Crime Victim Assistance Division has completed an audit of unsubmitted sexual assault kits in the state. The audit identified 4,265 untested sexual assault kits in city and county law enforcement agencies. Read the full story to learn more about the inventory results and Iowa's next steps.

Dallas man gets life after cold case rape kit testing program leads to ID
Tanya Eiserer, WFAA, Mar 3, 2017
A Dallas man was convicted to life in prison after being linked to five sexual assault cases since 2008. This is the first conviction resulting from Dallas efforts to test evidence from unsubmitted rape kits. “I’m sure he thought that no one would ever believe them, but ladies and gentleman of the jury you can believe them,” prosecutor Amy Derrick said. Read the full story.

West Virginia's Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Information System Named Finalist for National Award
West Virginia, Mar 3, 2017
The West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Information System has been selected as one of 30 finalists for the 2017 Igniting Innovation Showcase held on March 14, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Information System was developed by the WV Division of Justice and Community Service and the WV State Police Forensic Laboratory in partnership with WV.gov. The system will enable tracking of sexual assault kits from the time they are sent to a healthcare facility through when they are tested and is an innovative improvement for the tracking and evaluation of sexual assault kits.

Duluth Taking a Second Look
Tad Vezner, Pioneer Press, Feb 17, 2017
The state of Minnesota is searching for ways address unsubmitted sexual assault kits. Read the full story to learn more about the strategies that the City of Duluth is using to overcome challenges and bring justice to victims.

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