Maryland authorities have received a $2.6 million grant that will go toward the testing of untested or unsubmitted rape-evidence kits.
The grant from the U.S. Justice Department’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative will also be used to develop a statewide kit-tracking system and to hire specialized victim advocates.
A recent audit revealed that statewide, around 3,700 kits remained untested by law enforcement agencies.
“The SAKI grant will provide law enforcement with the resources to bring consistency to the process of sexual assault evidence collection and testing, and to identify and hold sexual assailants accountable,” said Brian Frosh, Maryland’s attorney general.
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