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Forensic Sciences

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The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) helps America’s state, local, and tribal jurisdictions reduce and prevent crime, lower recidivism, and promote a fair and safe criminal justice system. BJA provides a wide range of resources through programs and services, including training and technical assistance, to address chronic and emerging criminal justice challenges nationwide. Following are a sampling of BJA resources that are specifically related to forensic science matters:

Finding a Serial Killer—and Justice—After 40 Years

Listen to the January 2023 Justice Today podcast episode and read the corresponding blog post to learn how decades of determined police work and cutting-edge forensic science identified Joe Michael Ervin as the person who assaulted and murdered four women between 1978 and 1981.

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BJA Programs

Visit the following pages to learn about BJA's forensic science programs:

DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction Program (CEBR)
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Missing and Unidentified Human Remains Program
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Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program
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Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence
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Prosecuting Cold Cases Using DNA Technology
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Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence - Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting Program (SAFE-ITR)
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Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI)
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Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System Program
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Date Created: August 3, 2021