Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2004, $347,725)
The John Doe Indictment Project is designed to prevent sex offenders from using the statute of limitations to escape prosecution and to ensure optimal outcomes from the forensic evidence processed in the City's laboratories. The project would use a dedicated team of prosecutors, scientists, investigators and detectives to preserve the most serious unsolved rape, sodomy, and sexual abuse cases for later prosecution. The team would identify and investigate unsolved sexual assault cases where the perpetrator's DNA profile is known. In appropriate cases, prosecutors would seek 'John Doe' indictments from the Grand Jury, which identify defendants by DNA profile rather than by name.