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FY2016 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $277,888)

The South Dakota Forensic Laboratory (SDFL) is the only accredited laboratory in South Dakota capable of doing Forensic DNA analysis on criminal cases. As such, evidence from criminal cases throughout the entire state of South Dakota is submitted to the SDFL for Forensic Analysis. The SDFL has enjoyed a 45-60 day turnaround time for the past several months now due, in large part, to funding from NIJ. Renewed funding will allow us to continue purchasing supplies for working cases and maintain a consistent turnaround time.

In addition to allowing us funds to conduct Forensic Analysis of evidence from criminal cases in-house, funding from NIJ has also allowed us to outsource our DNA database samples to a vendor laboratory. South Dakota is an all-arrestee state. Anyone arrested on a felony charge must submit a DNA sample for entry into the state’s DNA database. This equates to approximately 4,500 samples per year. Although it is the intention of the SDFL to eventually begin to process these samples in-house, the current practice of out-sourcing them to a vendor laboratory and uploading the data to CODIS after review is the most effective method.

It is our intention to use NIJ funding to accomplish three (3) goals. The first goal is to equip and supply examiners with the required tools and supplies to perform forensic testing on evidence from criminal cases and upload applicable DNA profiles into CODIS. The second goal is to provide five (5) DNA examiners the opportunity to receive required annual training at a variety of specialty workshops including: Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists annual conference; American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors annual meeting; and the American Association of Forensic Science annual conference. The third goal is the continued out-source of DNA offender samples and the subsequent in-house review of data and upload into CODIS. Funding from NIJ allows us the opportunity to continue to prioritize the casework submitted to our laboratory and allows us to function uninterrupted.

Date Created: August 25, 2016