The Massachusetts State Police and the District Attorney's Office of Bristol County, Massachusetts, will jointly use their fiscal year 2018 SAKI grant of $2,000,000 to address the county's untested sexual assault kits. Grant money will allow a site coordinator to assist with a kit inventory and to submit the kits to a crime laboratory; eligible DNA profiles will then be uploaded to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). Massachusetts will hire a victim witness advocate and will establish a task force over the initial 6 months to ensure a comprehensive, victim-centered plan. Ultimately, the program will be replicated in all Massachusetts counties.
New system lets survivors track rape kits
SHIRA SCHOENBERG, CommonWealth, Jan 29, 2020
Massachusetts is rolling out a new system that will allow survivors of sexual assault to track online the processing of evidence collected from them at hospitals following an assault.
Massachusetts makes $8 million investment to collect and test rape kits as Gov. Charlie Baker signs budget bill
Melissa Hanson, MASS Live, Apr 1, 2019
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a supplemental budget to inventory and test all sexual assault kits in police custody.
House Approves Jones' Initiative Funding Rape Kit Testing
Bob Holmes, Patch, Feb 27, 2019
The House of Representatives for Massachusetts approved $8 million for the State Police Crime Laboratory to help pay for the collection and testing of sexual assault kits to supplement their $2 million SAKI grant.
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.