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SAKI Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative Grant

Attorney General Herring and the Department Forensic Science secured a $1.4 million grant for an ongoing project to test more than 2,000 untested Physical Evidence Recovery Kits (PERKs). A new change in state law will ensure that kits collected from July 1, 2016 are properly submitted to DFS for analysis. The Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative Grant provides funding for the analysis of any untested kits that were collected in the gap between 2014 and the time the new law went into effect.

 

The SAKI grant will also allow the Department of Forensic Science to implement a new PERK tracking system. With this system, PERKs will be tracked at each step in the process, including their distribution as uncollected kits to the collection sites (e.g., hospitals) through collection, transfer to law enforcement, submission to the laboratory for analysis, and return to the law enforcement agency for storage.  All agencies handling kits will be granted access in order to update the status of each kit, and victims may use the system to check the status of the analysis of their kits. By tracking the status of kits entered into the system, DFS will be able to notify stakeholders when collected kits have not been appropriately submitted for analysis.

 

"Testing these kits is so important to help identify predators and to make connections between unsolved crimes, but it's also really important to show survivors that the Commonwealth stands with them and will help them pursue justice as part of their healing process," said Attorney General Mark Herring. "This is a big project, but we're going to see it through."

 

Press releases:

Poster Announcing SAKI Grant

Letter from Attorney General Herring to law enforcement agencies

Virginia Attorney General SAKI Handbook

National SAKI Website

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Re-Entry Program

Re-Entry Resources Reference Card

Image of Re-Entry Logo - the letter v with a sun coming out of the top with an open door on the front, the words Future Directions in Re-Entry and the web address for the AG site: ag.virginia.gov.

Ex-offenders returning from jail often face a complex transition back into the community. Across the Commonwealth there is a growing movement to provide re-entry services to ex-offenders returning to the community because these programs have been found to reduce recidivism, reduce crime, and save taxpayer dollars. In recent years, Virginia has developed a comprehensive plan to address re-entry and recidivism reduction for state inmates, but locally based correctional facilities are left with little guidance or resources. Due to the autonomy of local jails, there has been no state-led or funded re-entry program, and localities are not eligible to participate in state Department of Corrections’ programs. 

Recognizing this gap in service, Attorney General Mark Herring has created the Commonwealth’s first ever Statewide Re-entry Coordinator position to help local sheriffs prepare inmates for release and connect them with local community stakeholders. The Statewide Re-entry Coordinator assists with the formation of local community councils, re-entry forums, and connecting housing, employment, behavior health and substance abuse services.     

A web portal is under development to aid Sheriffs with their re-entry efforts. This portal will serve as a collection of re-entry data, will include examples of assessment materials, different re-entry strategies for implementation, local community resources and resource kits. 

To e-mail the Re-Entry Coordinator, please click here:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Office of the Attorney General Mark R. Herring Presents: Future Directions in Re-Entry: People, Policy and Progress Regional Trainings throughout the Commonwealth

Learn more about our 2016 Statewide Jail Re-entry Conference

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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