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The Forensic Justice Project at Boise State University, SNPs and STRs of Innocence

Award Information

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Funding Category
Competitive Discretionary
Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $455,389)

The Idaho Forensic Justice Project (IDFJP) at Boise State University has partnered
with Innocence Organizations in Montana, Minnesota, Michigan, Georgia and Maryland
to provide DNA expertise, probabilistic genotyping review, expert affidavits, and DNA testing at
accredited laboratories. The proposal builds on a successful program that has
helped in over three-dozen exonerations nationwide, and helped police identify
DNA leads that have led to arrests in 4 of those exonerations. The collaboration
addresses major technical challenges for innocence organizations, including the lack
of scientific expertise, the inability to assess or even open DNA data files from cases
under review, and a need for open discussions with DNA experts during case
investigations. Over two years, the proposed activities are expected to review at
least 200 cases from the participating states.

Date Created: November 2, 2021