Monthly Archives: August 2013

Fattah Announces $1 Million Grant to Relieve DNA Backlog in Philadelphia

DNA Helix1WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02) announced today that the City of Philadelphia will receive more than $1 million from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ)—the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)—to help reduce DNA backlogs in local law enforcement agencies. Congressman Fattah is Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies (CJS) which oversees DOJ funding.

Half a million in grants to reduce Baltimore’s DNA processing backlog

dna-profilingThe Baltimore Police Department will get more than $500,000 in federal grants to reduce a significant backlog in processing DNA evidence, according to Maryland’s two U.S. senators.

Is Arrestee DNA Collection Cost-Effective?

DNA and justiceThe implementation of state laws expanding DNA collection to include arrestees has caused significant administrative and analytical burdens on state laboratories and collecting agencies, according to a STUDY by the non-profit Urban Institute.

Forensic DNA Analysis Will Help Florida Identify Bodies Buried in Unmarked Graves

DNA Helix StructureThe University of South Florida has been awarded funds to continue performing forensic archaeological fieldwork associated with identifying unmarked graves and bodies buried on the grounds of the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Fla., a former state-run institution that closed in 2011.

Monroe Co. DNA lab gets federal money

sole DNARochester, N.Y. – The Monroe County DNA testing laboratory was awarded funding Tuesday to cut down on its case backlogs and improve efficiency.
U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the award from the Department of Justice – stating the laboratory will receive $366,885 under the DNA Backlog Reduction Program.

Feds award $314,000 grant to help clear DNA backlog in Onondaga County crime lab

Blue and white helixWashington – The U.S. Department of Justice today awarded the Onondaga County crime lab grants totaling $314,273 to help reduce a backlog in cases waiting for forensic analysis.
U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei, D-Syracuse, said the federal aid will help the lab process cases waiting for DNA analysis, while also improving the quality and timeliness of the laboratory’s work.

Md. public defenders weighing appeals in DNA cases

Justice and DNAANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland Office of the Public Defender is seriously considering an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in two cases involving rape convictions where DNA analysts’ reports were used but the analysts themselves never testified.

Two forensic labs from outside state called upon to collect fresh evidence

DNA HelixMUMBAI: Two forensic laboratories from outside Maharashtra have been enlisted to help collect fresh evidence in the Shakti Mills gangrape case even as the Kalina-based Forensic Science Laboratory works on analysing the evidence gathered so far.

Scientists to be added for rape kit testing

AnalystSix new forensic scientists will be added at the state’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation to speed up testing of rape kits for DNA, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said Monday.

Sorenson Forensics Provides Training for First DNA Laboratory in Zambia

DNA MilitarySALT LAKE CITY –(Business Wire)–
Sorenson Forensics today announced that as part of an unprecedented public-private partnership, three forensic scientists from Zambia have travelled to its Utah-based lab for six weeks of intensive, hands-on training, marking the first step in launching the African country’s first-ever forensic DNA lab

Bensalem Police Department Adopts BodeHITS Local DNA Database Program

DNA DatabaseLORTON, Va., Aug. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Bode Technology Group, Inc. (Bode), a leading provider of forensic DNA analysis products and services, announced today it has entered into an agreement with the Bensalem Police Department to utilize the BodeHITS™ DNA service.

New system provides faster results for DNA tests

Crotti and KauffmanIt used to take months for Sonoma County detectives to receive test results from DNA samples collected during examinations of rape victims.
But Sonoma County is one of six counties in the state benefitting from a pilot program at a DNA laboratory in Richmond that uses a new method to extract and analyze DNA samples. Since 2011, it has reduced the turnaround time to an average of 15 business days.

Westchester’s Crime Lab Gets Grant To Reduce DNA Evidence Backlog

LoweyWHITE PLAINS, N.Y.– U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland), the senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, today announced a $341,819 U.S. Department of Justice grant for Westchester County’s Forensic Science Services.

New Orleans Sexual Assault Evidence Project: Results and Recommendations

DNA sequence examined under a magnifying glassNIJ-sponsored project contributes to the growing body of evidence on how to handle untested sexual assault kits.
In a one-year project that tested 1,000 sexual assault kits (SAKs) in New Orleans, there were hits against the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) that aided police investigations in 13 percent of the cases. The NIJ-sponsored project grew out of a request from the U.S. Department of Justice to provide assistance to the city after it initiated an investigation of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) in 2010.

NH gets $250K grant to speed up DNA processing

Helix 5CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire State Police are getting a $250,000 federal grant to help process DNA samples more quickly and efficiently in criminal investigations.