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Application deadline: March 2, 2017
The National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI)
, administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), provides funding through a competitive grant program 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 (SAKs). The focus of this solicitation is on those "unsubmitted kits" which are defined as SAKs that have not been submitted to a forensic laboratory for testing with CODIS-eligible DNA methodologies.
Application deadline: March 13, 2017
The goal of NIJ's FY 2017
DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction (CEBR)
program is to assist eligible States and units of local government to process, record, screen, and analyze forensic DNA and/or DNA database samples and to increase the capacity of public forensic DNA and DNA database laboratories to process more DNA samples - thereby helping to reduce the number of forensic DNA and DNA database samples awaiting analysis.
EI&CE - Application deadline: March 13, 2017
Often, a single case submission includes requests for forensic analyses in DNA and non-DNA disciplines. Enhancing capacity and improving efficiency in the processing and testing of non-DNA evidence from cases that also involve a request for DNA analysis will ultimately reduce the backlog of DNA evidence. NIJ's DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction (CEBR) program does not permit the use of funds for non-DNA disciplines. The
Forensic DNA Laboratory Efficiency Improvement and Capacity Enhancement (EI&CE)
program is intended to help address that gap. It has two objectives:
1. Enhancing the capacity and increasing the efficiency of crime laboratories to process, record, screen, and analyze DNA and other forensic evidence; and
2. Decreasing the turnaround time to process and analyze DNA evidence.
allows you to assign a sample bar code prefix to users in your lab.
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You can easily customize worklists through STACS-CW by right-clicking the headers. This will bring up a menu of available options for the worklist. You can also order the headers any way you like by dragging and dropping.
Assigning a sample bar code prefix to your analysts will help them identify their samples easily by looking at the bar code.
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In the News - United States
Some states have already eliminated their backlogs, while others have not yet even conducted an audit.
The state's crime lab has shown improvements in the time it takes to process sexual assault kits.
This video shows how a rape kit that sat untested for five years resulted in kidnapping and sexual assault charges against a man in Detroit.
A determined California deputy's work led to a DNA discovery, which ultimately allowed a group of New Hampshire cops to make an on-the-ground push to identify a long-lost killer.
Though a man was charged this week in the murder of Karina Vetrano, a 30-year-old jogger, in Queens last summer, officials still hope for approval of the use of familiar DNA.
New York State will hire more forensic scientists to help tackle a backlog of thousands of untested evidence kits from alleged sexual assaults.
Work on the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force has led to 527 indictments and 219 convictions (with a 93 percent conviction rate) so far. A third of the indicted are serial rapists.
The state announced they have eliminated their rape kit backlog of 504 untested kits from years past, with 16% - or 83 kits-yielding CODIS hits.
This video shows how, using SAKI funding, Dallas County is prosecuting sexual assault cold cases as a result of testing previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits.
Evidence from more than 6,600 rape kits that went untested for years have turned up 850 hits in the FBI's nationwide database of DNA profiles.
"It's time" to pass a bill three years in the making that would mandate testing of all sexual-assault kits in Utah.
New DNA testing legislation removes roadblocks to justice.
|In the News - International
Canada: RCMP currently examining use of forensic DNA familial searching
The technique has been used with success in California and the UK.
Canada: National strategy for handling sex-assault cases in the works
Canada's public safety ministers have started to lay the groundwork for a national strategy to deal with sexual-assault cases, to ensure police and prosecutors use a common set of practices in dealing with victims of sexual violence.
Ireland: State forensic science lab 'at crisis point', warns Tanaiste
The State's forensic science laboratory is at "crisis point" due to inadequate facilities and a "chronic" shortage of space.
Sri Lanka: Police and Forensic Science University to be established soon
University to provide opportunity for people in the field and for domestic and foreign students.
Articles of Interest
Forensic DNA profiling might be about to take a big leap forward. Are we ready?
There are no easy answers, and there is the potential to do great harm if new epigenetics technologies are applied inappropriately.
DNA upon arrest: Solving cold cases or presuming guilt?
More than 30 states swab suspects for DNA samples when arrested for a felony, hoping to solve cold cases and prevent future crimes. But opponents say the process doesn't respect the presumption of innocence.
New FBI wanted app: Making it easier to find fugitives and missing persons
- via Forensic Magazine
The app allows the public to view, search, sort, filter and bookmark the full range of information issued by the FBI, including pictures and descriptions of wanted fugitives, missing persons, crime suspects, deceased victims and others the Bureau is seeking to locate or identify.
An American decision and the future of forensic science
How should forensic science be optimized in the United States now?