Raleigh, N.C. — Major backlogs in the State Crime Lab keep growing because of a shortage of DNA analysts and scientists who test blood in drunken driving cases, state Attorney General Roy Cooper has said, and the delays have caused some criminal charges to be dismissed.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding under the FY 2014 NIJ DNA Arrestee Collection Process Implementation Grants Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by offering assistance to eligible States with existing designated DNA database laboratories to help defray the costs associated with the implementation of DNA arrestee collection processes, to improve the capacity of laboratories that conduct DNA analysis of DNA database samples.
Congress is poised to approve $41 million sought by the Obama administration to examine untested DNA evidence collected from rape victims and held by state and local police across the country.
LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Thursday that $3 million has been budgeted by the state legislature to help fund sexual assault prosecutions.
Specifically, the money will be going toward “the ongoing effort to DNA test thousands of unprocessed sexual assault evidence kits.”
The RCMP says it will avoid cuts to vital police services — at least for now — due to revised funding agreements with the provinces, technological advances and some internal streamlining.
Money shortfalls recently forced the Mounties to look at paring back some national services such as DNA analysis, fingerprinting operations and criminal intelligence.
The House of Representatives voted Thursday to add $5 million in funding to its 2015 appropriations bill for processing evidence in alleged rape cases. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), proposed the $5 million addition, which comes on top of an existing $36 million already set aside for rape-kit processing in the proposed budget
NEW YORK — New York City’s medical examiner will use $2.4 million in extra funding to lower the time it takes to process DNA in criminal cases.The Wall Street Journal (http://on.wsj.com/1kez59S ) says Acting Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson told a City Council budget hearing Tuesday the money would be used to hire 16 more criminologists.
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is submitting a Cold Case Unit Grant to the Department of Justice to help them solve some of their ongoing unsolved cases.
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – It took 25 years for Edith Skinner’s killer to be arrested. Her son, Steve Skinner credits the state’s DNA squad with pinpointing Gerald Austin as the one who raped and murdered the 81-year old.
Investigators with the DNA squad found Austin and took a sample from him. That sample was then put into a database which linked him to the case. Her son says justice, after 25 years, was overwhelming.
Raleigh, N.C. — The director of the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory, which examines evidence in criminal investigations for law enforcement agencies across the state, says he hopes lawmakers will increase funding for the lab this year to help clear the backlog of cases in need of DNA testing.
Mar 29,2014 – Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On Senate Consideration of the Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2013
NIJ is seeking proposals for funds to help defray the costs associated with postconviction DNA testing in cases of violent felony offenses where actual innocence might be demonstrated.
It’s one of the most shameful numbers in American law enforcement: According to the Department of Justice, some 400,000 “rape kits” are languishing in evidence lockers across the country because local authorities can’t afford to process them. The kits, some of them dating back to the 1980s, contain DNA evidence that could convict rapists.
WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday promoted President Barack Obama’s request for $35 million to help test more rape kits, saying it will help fight crime.
The money is included in the $3.9 trillion spending plan for the 2015 budget year that Obama unveiled this week. It would be used to provide grants of unspecified amounts to states and local governments, spending that would require approval from Congress.
NIJ funding helped the Boston Police Department solve a rape and murder case almost 50 years after the crime.