SAKI awarded the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office a grant to inventory, track, and test previously unsubmitted SAKs. The office will also use the funds to create and implement protocols and policies to improve coordination and collaboration among various stakeholders involved in sexual assault investigations, prosecutions, and survivor support.
In 2019, SAKI awarded the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office $876,804 in additional funding. This money is being used to support the investigation and prosecution of previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits in Jefferson County; work with community partners to develop a sustainable, trauma-informed approach to sexual assault investigations and prosecutions; and collect data to understand current dynamics and inform future projects, initiatives, and institutionalized best practices for trauma-informed investigations and prosecutions.
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Possible serial rapists ID'd in testing of backlogged rape kits in Jefferson Co.
Cynthia Gould, ABC 33/49, Dec 23, 2019
Jefferson County SAKI has inventoried 4000 previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits. So far, 500 kits have been tested and 52 produced CODIS hits.
Cases from rape kit backlog getting closer to prosecution
Jon Paepcke, WVTM 13, Aug 19, 2019
Jefferson County has tested 400 of the previous unsubmitted sexual assault kits in their custody, and the DA is preparing 2 cases to present to a grand jury.
Accused serial rapist indicted for 5 New Orleans kidnappings, rapes
Robert Sherman, CBS 42, Mar 26, 2019
Jefferson County, Alabama is working to test the previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits in their possession.
Victims coping with massive sex crime kit backlog
Jon Paepcke, WVTM 13, Oct 16, 2018
Jefferson County's Crisis Center is assisting survivors of sexual assault by connecting them to the District Attorney and other community resources to learn more about why their sexual assault kits are still unsubmitted to evidence.
Jefferson County seeking investigator to clear sexual assault backlog
Jon Paepcke, WVTM 13, Oct 9, 2018
Jefferson County prosecutors want to hire an investigator to clear nearly 4,000 unsolved sexual assault cases and are using their SAKI funding to do so. Jefferson County's hope is that this special sex crimes investigator can investigate cases that are the result of processing previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits.
More than 3,800 untested rape kits in Jefferson County
Bree Sison, WBRC Fox 6 News, Apr 25, 2018
Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office completed an inventory of 27 jurisdictions and found 3,876 previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits. With BJA SAKI funding, Jefferson County will test the unsubmitted SAKs and establish a SAK tracking system that will be accessible to advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, sexual assault nurse examiners, and the crime laboratory.
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.