Almost $160 million in funding has been awarded to support crime laboratories, fund forensics research, decrease DNA backlogs, and help investigators locate missing persons and identify human remains. The funding is administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and National Institute of Justice.
“These investments will give our state, local, and Tribal partners the resources they need to solve crimes, improve the clearance rate for serious offenses like murder and sexual assault and bring long-awaited answers to victims and their families,” said BJA Director Karhlton F. Moore.
Following are the BJA awards:
- $25 million under the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program (Formula) and Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Program (Competitive)
- $7.5 million under the Prosecuting Cold Cases Using DNA Program
- $2 million under the Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System Program
- $100 million under the DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction Program
- $4.5 million under the Missing and Unidentified Human Remains Program
- $2.8 million under the Forensics Training and Technical Assistance Program
Read the press release for additional details.