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CA Attorney General Announces Untested Sexual Assault Evidence Grants

March 7, 2019

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra recently announced a new application window for a grant program that provides funds to cities and counties to help conduct audits of their untested victim sexual assault evidence kits. Untested Sexual Assault Evidence Grants are intended to assist in determining the number of untested victim sexual assault evidence kits throughout California.

Last year, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 3118 by Assembly Member David Chiu , requiring every law enforcement agency, medical facility, crime laboratory, and other specified facilities, to conduct an audit of all untested victim sexual assault evidence kits in their possession and report to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) no later than July 1, 2019. Earlier in 2018, DOJ was allocated $1 million through the state budget for grants available to cities and counties to count the number of untested sexual assault victim evidence kits in their possession. Nearly $800,000 remains available.

Local government agencies must submit applications to the DOJ by March 29, 2019. Additional information on application requirements and eligibility criteria is available at: https://oag.ca.gov/usaeg.

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