The Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General (OAG) was awarded $2,398,302 in SAKI funding in FY2019 to develop a multidisciplinary team to guide the grant project's functions; these functions include reviewing current legislation, policies, and protocols to develop statewide policies and procedures about handling sexual assault kits (SAKs). The OAG is working to complete an inventory of all unsubmitted SAKs and to complete testing of a subset of unsubmitted SAKs by the end of FY2020. The OAG plans to collaborate with local law enforcement agencies and district attorneys' offices on the process for reopening cases for prosecution once they begin to test SAKs. Since their grant began, the OAG has hired a site coordinator, SAKI investigator, and victim advocate. Finally, the OAG has developed a Victim Services Advisory Group that is currently working to develop policies and procedures for a victim-centered approach to victim notification.
For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.
|Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits
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.