In FY2020, the City of Minneapolis Police Department received SAKI funding in the amount of $2,000,000 to establish a multidisciplinary working group in partnership with the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. The funding will be used to address challenges associated with unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs); solutions to address these challenges will includebut are not limited toimproving the criminal justice response to sexual assault investigations, conducting an unsubmitted SAK inventory, and establishing a site coordinator.
For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.
|FY2020||$2,000,000||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
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Man convicted of rape in 1st trial from Minneapolis Sexual Assault Kit Initiative
KSTP, Apr 3, 2023
"A 2020 plan to test previously untested sexual assault kits has led to its first conviction. Friday afternoon, a Hennepin County jury found 49-year-old James Andrew Works guilty of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of kidnapping. “Victims deserve justice and our community needs to know that we will not let those who commit these crimes go without accountability,” Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty said in a statement. “We are prioritizing this work and I am grateful for the partnership and work of MPD and BCA, along with our staff who worked on this case. I hope the victims in this case feel some sense of relief after these verdicts.”"
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.