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AG receives more federal funds for Sexual Assault Kit program


October 30, 2019

Attorney General Bob Ferguson Thursday announced that his office won an additional $2.5 million in federal grants to fund Washington’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) program, part of a statewide initiative to end Washington’s rape kit backlog.

Of the new funds, $1 million will fund a new effort to add DNA profiles of thousands of convicted offenders across Washington—court-ordered DNA tests that still haven’t been collected—to the national DNA evidence database. This new DNA information will make it more likely for a newly tested sexual assault kit to result in a “hit,” connecting the DNA evidence from the kit to a known offender. These hits are crucial to solving cold...

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