The founder of Indianapolis-based media and podcast production company audiochuck has launched a nonprofit designed to support victims of unsolved crimes. Ashley Flowers says Season of Justice will provide funding to law enforcement agencies and families to help solve cold cases.
The organization will award grants to law enforcement to fund advanced DNA testing and provide financial resources for crime victims and their families, which can be used for awareness campaigns, search teams and other initiatives.
Flowers partnered with law enforcement veteran Steve DuBois to launch the nonprofit. DuBois, who serves as executive director of SOJ, previously served as director of Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana, as well as a member of the Crime Stoppers USA Board of Directors.
“Recent breakthroughs in decades-old crimes have demonstrated how advanced DNA solutions can help crack open cold cases. However, one of the biggest hurdles to solving these cases is the lack of funding for this intensive testing,” DuBois said in a news release. “Our mission is to break down this financial barrier. We look forward to awarding more grants and supporting the important work of detectives.”
DuBois says to date, SOJ has distributed more than $226,000 for 31 unsolved cases.