Funding through this program will be used to assist in defraying the costs associated with postconviction DNA testing in cases of violent felony offenses (as defined by State law) in which actual innocence might be demonstrated. Funds may be used to identify and review such postconviction cases and to locate and analyze associated biological evidence. This supports the DOJ mission to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. While successful exonerations to correct injustice are notable program outcomes, the careful review, consideration and closing of cases subjected to postconviction DNA testing that do not ultimately demonstrate innocence also work to advance the public interest that justice has been fairly applied.
Number of Awards: 11
Total Amount Awarded: $5,450,812
- FY 2021 Justice Reinvestment Initiative: State-level Training and Technical Assistance Program
- FY 2021 Intellectual Property Enforcement Program: Protecting Public Health, Safety, and the Economy from Counterfeit Goods and Product Piracy
- FY 2020 DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program (Formula)