Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $1,286,558)
The State of Alabama and Alabama Department of Forensic Science (ADFS) continue to face serious budgetary constraints, already having experienced a 36% reduction in State level funding for forensic services over the last ten (10) years.
ADFS is also beginning to see the reality of increased database sample submissions arising from the implementation of an 'all felony arrestee' DNA testing statute, which was first implemented in 2010, and recently expanded on January 30, 2016.
The Federal funding from this award will greatly offset these serious shortfalls, and will be used to realize the following goals:
1. Reduce the forensic DNA casework backlog through analyst overtime and the purchase of Biology supplies to assist ADFS process, record, screen and analyze forensic DNA samples.
2. Reduce the DNA database sample backlog accrued due to reduced state funding through analyst overtime and the purchase of database supplies to assist ADFS process, record, and analyze DNA database samples.
3. Increase the capacity of the Forensic DNA and DNA Databank laboratories through the purchase of six (6) ProFlex 96-well PCR Systems to greatly increase the capacity and efficiency of DNA casework within all four (4) of the Regional DNA laboratories in Alabama.
The ADFS expects to test at least 985 cases by the end of the Award period, resulting in a significant reduction in the statewide backlog of cases awaiting testing. The ADFS DNA Databank laboratory also expects to process at least 15,400 DNA database samples (which includes 1,400 QC samples) using Federal funding. The statewide turnaround time on Biology casework is expected to be reduced by an additional 12 days, with the analyst throughput in the casework sections expected to increase a minimum of 5 percent.
- Implementation of the BERLA iVE vehicle system forensic tool to fortify investigative methods and strengthen criminal prosecutions for restoring justice and safety for victims and the community.
- Launching the Impact Justice Reentry Incubator to Increase the Capacity of Housing-focused Reentry CBOs
- Wayne County Prosecutor's Upholding the Rule of Law Project