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Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) GranteeState Attorney's Office, Fourth Judicial Circuit (Florida)

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SAKI awarded the Fourth Judicial Circuit Florida State Attorney's Office a grant in the amount of $1.9 million in FY2015 to assist their SAKI efforts in Duval, Clay, and Nassau counties. Grant funds were used for the Cold Case Sexual Assault Unit to process previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs) and to investigate and prosecute cases. When the State Attorney's Office applied for the grant, there were 1,982 unsubmitted SAKs. Since that time, the City of Jacksonville SAKI Working Group has made many extraordinary achievements, including the following:

  • Sent all previously unsubmitted SAKs to the laboratory for testing, which has resulted in 376 Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) hits
  • Uploaded an additional 394 DNA profiles into CODIS
  • Identified 86 cases for prosecution; charges have been filed against eight offenders.

The Fourth Judicial Circuit Florida State Attorney's Office was awarded two additional grants totaling nearly $2.4 million in FY2018. This funding is being used to identify and test secondary evidence associated with SAKI cases; complete a lawfully owed DNA census within the circuit; continue investigation and prosecution of cases; and create a trauma-informed, victim-centered approach to sexual assault response.

For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.

State Attorney's Office, 4th Judicial Circuit Funding

Year Amount Purpose Area
FY2015 $1,968,822 Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits
FY2018 $1,500,000 Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits
FY2018 $880,933 Expansion of DNA Databases to Assist with Sexual Assault Investigations and Prosecutions: Collection of Lawfully Owed DNA from Convicted Offenders and Arrestee DNA Collections

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State Attorney's Office, Fourth Judicial Circuit (Florida) Grantee Site Representatives

News and Events

Convicted serial rapist faces new charge after rape kit test
Jenese Harris, Frank Powers, News4JAX, Jul 2, 2019
A convicted serial rapist who was serving prison time is facing a new sexual assault charge from 2010 based on DNA from a previously unsubmitted sexual assault kit.

Arrest made in 2007 sexual assault
Christy Turner, Action News Jax, Nov 16, 2018
DNA evidence from a previously unsubmitted sexual assault kit led to an arrest in an unsolved case from 2007.

Office of the State Attorney Awarded $2.3 Million to process assault kits
Jax Daily Record, Oct 17, 2018
The Office of the State Attorney for the 4th Judicial Circuit of Florida, has received a SAKI grant totalling $2.3 million to continue building on previous work funded by SAKI. This new grant will continue to fund a specialized sexual assault response team, and expand DNA databases.

Rape kit leads to arrest in 2011 case
Melanie Schultz, News4 JAX, Apr 6, 2018
As the result of a recently tested SAK, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrested a map in a 2011 case.

I-TEAM: Sex offender charged in 2006 Jacksonville rape
Tarik Minor, News4 JAX, Mar 29, 2018
A sex offender recently released from prison has been arrested in relation to a 12-year-old rape case. This arrest is a result of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement processing unsubmitted sexual assault kits.

Sexual Assault
WJCT, Apr 6, 2016
The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative team in Florida's Fourth Judicial Circuit sat down with a Florida radio station to discuss how their initiative is teaming law enforcement, prosecutors, and advocates to reduce the backlog of untested sexual assault kits and help victims of sexual assault.

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Our Mission

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.

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