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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:

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Sexual Assault Kit Initiative leads to Arrest of Suspect Hiding in Scotland
A January 12, 2022, press release from the Utah County Attorney’s Office highlights how BJA Sexual Assault Kit Initiative funding played a significant role in testing backlogged kits, leading to the arrest of Nicholas Rossi, a suspect from a 2008 sexual assault case.

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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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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All Programs with forensic background
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Date Created: August 3, 2021