ST PAUL, Minn. — U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota Erica MacDonald says Minnesota has been awarded more than $77 million as part of a $376 million federal crime-fighting package. 

MacDonald said, “These grants, awarded to public sector entities and nonprofits throughout the state of Minnesota, will support holistic efforts to fortify our communities and enhance public safety.”

The increased funding includes support for testing sexual assault kits, as well as other public safety activities. 

Earlier this year, a KARE investigation discovered some sexual assault victims were unable to obtain easy access to the results from rape kits due to a lack of funding behind the state's recently passed Victim Rights to Sexual Assault Evidence Information Act.

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The federal funding also supports other initiatives, such as sex offender registration and notification, as well as programs to aid students with sexual behavior problems.