The Maryland Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention (OCCP) will use its fiscal year 2018 SAKI grant of $2,620,408 to implement a program over 3 years that creates, implements, and adapts a testing system for their sexual assault kits. The OCCP is specifically interested in introducing statewide policies for kit testing. The OCCP will partner with other statewide agencies, as well as its Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) administrator and the Maryland Coalition for Sexual Assault.
Maryland General Assembly passes legislation to require testing of most rape kits, add transparency
Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun, Apr 5, 2019
Maryland senate passes a test all bill for sexual assault kits that includes a measure stating that all sexual assault kits must be submitted for testing within 30 days.
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.