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.
Solving violent crimes requires good old-fashioned detective work, but time and money can make a big difference.Tacoma police have shown that with the number of cold case homicides they’ve resolved and sexual assault cases they’ve worked using a $225,000 grant the department received in late 2012.
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 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by providing States and units of local government with tools needed to meet the challenges of crime and justice. Specifically, this program seeks to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner services, including services provided by laboratories operated by States and units of local government.
February 14, 2014 – The Biometrics Research Group, Inc. estimates that law enforcement spending on forensic DNA databases throughout North America will total approximately $750 million in 2015.
Typically, most of NIJ’s solicitations are released December through April (pending appropriations from Congress).
This preliminary list of solicitations will change over the coming weeks. When the solicitation is released, it will contain the name and contact information of the person managing the solicitation. To be fair and open in the competition, we do not discuss solicitations until they are published. Total funding for these solicitations will depend on the availability of funds.
Georgia prosecutors, the GBI and an unusual ally, the Georgia Innocence Project, hope a $424,000 federal grant will help solve some old cases as well as exonerate some people who were wrongly convicted.
On Wednesday, a High Court Judge made the claim and said the situation was “unacceptable” after he was told experts were refusing to accept any more police exhibits because they had reached their monthly quota.
In fiscal year 2013, NIJ made just under 350 awards for a total of approximately $145 million dollars. Awards were made:
In response to competitive solicitations.
Under one formula award program (DNA Backlog Reduction Program).
Under one solicitation producing both formula and competitive awards (Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program).
As continuations of previously competed awards from past fiscal years.
L AFAYETTE — The crime lab that analyzes DNA, blood, fingerprints and other evidence for Acadiana law enforcement agencies faces an uncertain future if more money cannot be found to shore up the lab’s budget.
“We don’t have the revenue to make it through 2015,” Acadiana Criminalistics Laboratory Director Kevin Ardoin said.
The Canton-Stark County Crime Lab began returning untested evidence to local law enforcement agencies Tuesday in an effort to ease the strain on its depleted staff.
The lab, which has been shedding employees throughout the year, soon will be down to three full-time and two part-time employees.
Every year, thousands of individuals take the courageous step of reporting their rape to the police. They overcome the social stigma of being the victim of sexual violence, the warnings sometimes uttered by the rapist to keep silent, the suggestions that these issues ought not to be spoken of; and they speak up. During a forensic exam of their bodies which can take between four and six hours evidence is collected in a “Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit” — a rape kit.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Innocence Project has lost its primary source of funding and won’t take on any new cases.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — In a strong show of bipartisan cooperation, today the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved S. 822, the Justice For All Reauthorization Act of 2014. The bill reauthorizes several important forensic DNA programs, most notably the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Elimination Act which provides vital funding for public crime laboratories throughout the country. However, if the bill does not become law in the next few months, funding for the program could lapse – resulting in an explosion of backlogged DNA cases at crime laboratories throughout the country, including those of untested rape kits.
Victims of rape in Washington, DC may soon be unable to get sexual assault forensic evidence (SAFE) kits, often called rape kits. DC’s budget is under federal control, so if the federal government’s shutdown continues much longer, some of the city’s necessary programs–including those intended to help rape victims–may be temporarily discontinued due to lack of funding.