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Monroe County Crime Lab Drug Analysis Module

Award Information

Award #
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $750,000)

The Congressionally Selected Awards Program, authorized by the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111-8), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects selected by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-8, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 09 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY09 Omnibus Appropriations Act.

Monroe County will use the Congressionally Selected Award funds to support the expansion of the new county forensic laboratory. The current facility, which is more than 40-years old, serves all criminal justice agencies within the county and seven surrounding jurisdictions. Because of the age of the existing facility and the limitations of its space, the new laboratory was proposed. Through the grant, the county will purchase and install equipment and materials needed for the analysis of drugs and controlled substances. Fees associated with the design of the new space will also be supported. When completed, the new laboratory will function more efficiently by reducing backlogs and providing expanded services to the region's law enforcement community and judicial system.


Date Created: September 23, 2009