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California Coverdell Program

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $2,344,903)

There are many challenges facing California's forensic laboratories today – the transferring of inmates from the state system to each county via Assembly Bill 109, budget cuts, and the turnover of qualified personnel to cover core components of forensic analysis, to name a few - and each have negatively impacted local forensic science laboratories, medical examiners' offices and coroners' offices around the state.

As each California crime laboratory, medical examiners' office and coroners' office is unique, Cal OES will utilize the 2018 Paul Coverdell Forensic Sciences Improvement Grant funding to support an innovative statewide program - the California Coverdell Program – that allows qualified forensic laboratories the flexibility to use a combination of any or all of the aforementioned objectives to fund projects that meet the overall state goal and federal intent of the program.


Date Created: September 21, 2018