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NCJ Number: 252609 Find in a Library
Title: Understanding DNA Testing and Reporting: Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits
Author(s): Amy Jeanguenat
Corporate Author: RTI International
United States of America
Date Published: February 2018
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
RTI International
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Grant Number: 2015-AK-BX-K021
Sale Source: RTI International
P.O. Box 12194
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This training and technical assistance resource for grantees of the federal Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) - which involves implementation of a model to reduce backlogs of untested sexual assault kits (SAKs) in local and state jurisdictions - provides information on DNA testing and reporting, with attention to implications for unsubmmitted SAKs in a backlog.
Abstract: Technological advances in DNA testing and leveraging the use of database searches in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) have partly driven the testing of cold-case evidence and unsubmmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs). Through the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance SAKI, funding, training, and technical support are available to guide the testing of all unsubmitted SAKs for DNA. This paper outlines the challenges related to obtaining DNA profiles of possible offenders from SAKs that have gone untested for DNA over time. Attention is given to the potential for expanded DNA testing for these SAKs, including Y-chromosome testing that looks at STR regions on the male Y chromosome and mitochondrial DNA found within the cell outside the nucleus. The laboratory process for obtaining DNA is also explained, followed by a discussion of the contents of DNA reports and conclusions.
Main Term(s): Forensic science training
Index Term(s): BJA Grant-related Documents; BJA Resources; DNA Typing; Investigative techniques; Rape evidence kits; Rape investigation training; Rape investigations; Sex offense investigations; Suspect identification
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