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Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence

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Under the Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence program, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) provides funding to help defray the costs (e.g., of additional personnel, overtime, testing supplies and services) associated with postconviction DNA testing for violent felony offenses (as defined by state law) in which actual innocence might be demonstrated.

Funds may be used to review suitable postconviction cases and to locate and analyze biological evidence. Only a limited portion of funds may be used for case identification activities.

This program is one of the forensic science programs that moved from the National Institute of Justice to BJA in FY 2020.

See the Forensic Sciences page for additional resources and to learn more about how BJA supports this topical area.

Date Modified: June 28, 2022
Date Created: September 9, 2020