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DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program

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The DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program increases the number of forensic DNA and DNA database samples processed for entry into the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) by providing funding for laboratories to process DNA samples and to increase their capacity to process the DNA samples for CODIS upload.

CEBR grants are awarded to eligible DNA laboratories through a formula method to allocate funding to states and eligible territories to meet the goals of the program. Additionally, in FY 2023 a portion of the appropriation was awarded to eligible laboratories through a competitive method to maximize the effective utilization of DNA technology to process DNA samples for entry into CODIS.

In collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the Forensics Training and Technical Assistance (Forensics TTA) Program, led by RTI International, offers a team of subject matter experts who provide expertise and assistance to grantees in support of BJA’s overall mission to strengthen America’s criminal justice system. For more information on the CEBR program, as well as the services the Forensics TTA program offers, please visit the Forensics TTA Program website.

Why This Matters

By providing funding to assist laboratories with processing DNA samples for entry into CODIS, the CEBR Program facilitates evidence-based criminal justice decisions and responses. With increases in capacity to process more DNA samples for entry into CODIS, CEBR-funded laboratories are able to help law enforcement reduce violent crime, support prosecutors in their efforts to meet their mission, and create safer communities.

See the Success Spotlight page to learn how funding through CEBR and other programs is impacting grant recipients and the communities they serve.

Date Modified: November 7, 2023
Date Created: August 11, 2022