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Tuesday - October 12, 2004

U. S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES GRANTS TO
N. C. FOR DNA BACKLOG REDUCTION AND CAPACITY ENHANCEMENT


RALEIGH - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney said that the U. S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), has announced two grants totaling $1,718,508.00 to North Carolina, through the Formula Grants Program, to be administered by the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety.

According to OJP, a Forensic Casework DNA Backlog Reduction Formula Grant of $981,685.00 was awarded on September 21, 2004. The Forensic Casework DNA Backlog Reduction Program provides formula funding to state and local governments with existing crime laboratories that conduct DNA analysis. Funds are to be used by the crime laboratories to identify and test backlogged forensic DNA casework samples, whether in accredited or certified government-owned laboratories or through accredited or certified fee-for-service vendors. Funding is allocated based on crime statistics (number of sexual assaults and homicides reported to the FBI).

OJP said a DNA Capacity Enhancement Formula Grant of$736,823.00 also was awarded on September 21, 2004. The DNA Capacity Enhancement Program seeks to improve the infrastructure and analysis capacity of existing state and local crime laboratories that conduct DNA analysis, so they can process DNA samples efficiently and cost-effectively. They said these improvements are critical to preventing future DNA backlogs, and to helping the criminal justice system realize the full potential of DNA technology.

For more information about these grants, contact the Office of Justice Programs' Office of Communications at 202/307-0703.

 

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