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Local DNA Recovery Project

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $387,518)

This grant program is authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5) (the 'Recovery Act') and by 42 U.S.C. 3751(a). The stated purposes of the Recovery Act are: to preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery; to assist those most impacted by the recession; to provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health; to invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; and to stabilize state and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive state and local tax increases. The Recovery Act places great emphasis on accountability and transparency in the use of taxpayer dollars.

Among other things, it creates a new Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board and a new website ' Recovery.gov ' to provide information to the public, including access to detailed information on grants and contracts made with Recovery Act funds.

The Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program funded under the Recovery Act is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. Recovery JAG funds support all components of the criminal justice system, from multi-jurisdictional drug and gang task forces to crime prevention and domestic violence programs, courts, corrections, treatment, and justice information sharing initiatives. Recovery JAG funded projects may address crime through the provision of services directly to individuals and/or communities and by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of criminal justice systems, processes, and procedures.

The county of Volusia will use the Recovery Act JAG funds to establish a DNA database. The Volusia County Sheriff's Office (VCSO) will implement the project. The purpose of the project is to establish a DNA database with evidence extracted from samples of DNA from violent crimes and significant property crimes. As the database develops, offenders will be identified and the number of offenders arrested will increase. The sheriff's office will coordinate with local municipalities in an effort to submit local DNA from cases originating within their jurisdictions in an on-going effort to reduce violent crimes and property crimes. All DNA samples will be cross-referenced with other possible cases, and profiles meeting CODIS guidelines will be transferred to FDLE for review and uploaded to the national database.


Date Created: July 7, 2009