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FY 2018 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $346,657)

The Montana Department of Justice Forensic Science Division (MT DOJ FSD) is the agency responsible for analyzing evidence associated with criminal investigations for all state and local law enforcement agencies and medical examiners within the state of Montana. Montana Code Annotated 44-6-102 designates the MT DOJ FSD Laboratory to conduct analysis of DNA database samples collected from all convicted felons.

Our DNA laboratory is overwhelmed with casework. In order to increase our capacity, reduce backlog, and speed up throughput, we request federal funding to be used for the following goals:

1. Fund both a Serologist position and a Laboratory Technician.
2. Provide the laboratory with extraction, quantitation, and amplification reagents for the processing of backlogged (>30 days) cases.
3. Provide continuing education for three forensic scientists.
4. Provide the laboratory with Convicted Offender Collection kits.


Date Created: August 31, 2018