Task force, researchers get $3M to probe, study results

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland-area task force and researchers are getting $3 million to continue investigating thousands of reported sexual assaults in which evidence was collected but not tested for DNA.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports (http://bit.ly/2difi1j ) the Department of Justice is committing $2 million in grants to Cuyahoga County’s Sexual Assault Kit Task Force to pay investigators and victim advocates. A portion of that money will also go to Case Western Reserve University to continuing analyzing data generated by the work of the task force.

The Justice Department is also awarding a $1 million grant for an initiative to make the Combined DNA Indexing System more robust.

The task force has worked on roughly 6,700 rape cases since 2013. It still has more than 3,400 cases to investigate.


Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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