Within the past week, several state crime labs have announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has granted additional funds to their laboratories for the purpose of forensic DNA testing.
New York Senator Charles Schumer announced on September 17 that more than $500, 000 in grant money will be split between Nassau and Suffolk counties. According to the DOJ, the funds must be used to reduce backlog or a laboratory’s turnaround time for analyzing DNA evidence samples. Some plans for the additional money include purchasing new state-of the art equipment and upgrading current computer equipment. Since 2005, New York crime labs have seen a steady increase in forensic cases. With the additional funding, the labs hope to maintain a reasonable turnaround time for DNA analysis of criminal evidence. (more…)
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