Monthly Archives: January 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — DNA experts at the UNT Health Science Center will help train Libyan scientists to analyze the remains of an estimated 20,000 people found in mass graves in Libya following the uprising of 2011 in an effort to identify them. The mass graves are thought to contain remains of people who went missing during the 42-year regime of Muammar Gaddafi. The identification work is expected to take several years.
MARIETTA – A new regional office for Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation could lead to shorter turnaround times on evidence processing, which local law enforcement agencies rely on to help solve cases.
The process of turning crime-scene DNA into a family tree of possible leads has been quietly undertaken in more than two dozen cases in New York City since 2009, when a divided state committee voted to allow the release of so-called partial match DNA data to investigators.
The Grant Progress Assessment program was created to ensure that grantees used federal grant funds to achieve the goals and objectives set forth by Congress. It became an important tool for NIJ program managers for another reason — the assessments helped them educate grantees on grant requirements and special conditions, which in turn helped grantees better administer their grants. In the absence of an active GPA program, grantees can use this page as a reference for lessons learned from the program, and to learn about the program’s accomplishments, purpose and history.
It’s been four months since the grand opening of Washington’s new forensic sciences laboratory. The $220 million facility is fully operational and District of Columbia Department of Forensic Sciences director Max Houck said they have a plan in place for moving towards accreditation and are making progress in filling vacant positions.
A recent decrease in turnaround time for DNA processing has played a vital role in closing crime investigations in Cincinnati and throughout Ohio.
As a result, forensic scientists working at the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are processing DNA cases in record time — turnaround time has been reduced from approximately 125 days in 2010 to 25 days in 2012.