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Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI)

News

More than $376 Million in Awards to Promote Public Safety Announced

The Office of Justice Programs has awarded more than $376 million in grant funding to enhance state, local and tribal law enforcement operations and reinforce public safety efforts in jurisdictions across the United States. Several BJA programs are included in the announcement, including more than $252 million in Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program funding awards, $40 million in Sexual Assault Kit Initiative funding awards, and more. Read the press release to learn more.

Samuel Little: Confessions of a Killer

SAKI image showing Samuel Little drawings

With 93 confessions of murder to date, learn about the efforts being taken by BJA, FBI, Texas Rangers, and state and local law enforcement agencies to help identify Samuel Little victims and bring justice to victims’ families. Learn more about America’s most prolific serial killer to date and access his drawings and video confessions.

Additional News:

Over 47,000 Kits Tested Through BJA's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative since 2015
Through the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI), BJA has worked with 54 jurisdictions across 35 states to date to identify over 200,000 unsubmitted sexual assault kits and to test more than 47,000 of these.

DOJ BJA's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Helps Bring Serial Killer Samuel Little to Justice
SAKI, an innovative BJA program that is helping law enforcement agencies nationwide test rape kits and close cold case sexual assaults and homicides, is one of the critical investigative tools that led authorities to believe Samuel Little may be the worst serial killer in American history, by enabling police across the country to corroborate at least 34 of Little's confessions.

'Looking backwards can tell us a whole lot about moving forward'
See how funding from BJA's SAKI program has impacted Cuyahoga County, Ohio's efforts to address evidence backlogs, prosecute offenders, and better serve victims.

BJA awards a total of $42,948,171 to 32 sites under FY 2018 SAKI grants
BJA is pleased to announce that 32 awards were made under FY2018 SAKI funding. Awards will cover a wide variety of activities including inventorying and testing sexual assault kits, investigations and prosecutions, victim support, and collection of lawfully owed DNA samples from offenders.

BJA received a large number of applications from the field this year and as such reduced award amounts overall so that as many sites as possible could be funded. Refer to the link above for full details.