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To resolve violent crimes, investigators and prosecutors rely on DNA samples—with the assistance of the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS)—to build a successful case. Collecting DNA samples from qualified offenders increases the number of profiles in CODIS, thereby leading to the increased probability of a "hit." This document shows the importance of collecting lawfully owed DNA and implementing DNA collection laws.
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.