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No Suspect Casework DNA Backlog Reduction Program FY 2001

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2002, $5,048,669)

Project Summary for 2002-DN-BX-K014

DNA analysis used in conjunction with the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) is a powerful investigations tool beginning at the crime scene with the collection of evidence and ending with a judicial conclusion. For CODIS to be truly effective and DNA to reach its full crime-solving potential, DNA databases must be populated with both offender profiles and DNA profiles from crime scene evidence. DNA is especially useful in cases where no suspect in known. DNA profiles obtained from evidence collected in cases where there is no suspect can be compared to local, State, and national DNA databases through CODIS for a match between the evidence and a convicted felon.

The Maryland State Police Crime Laboratory will examine 3704 no suspect cases using federal funding to pay for overtime, equipment for increasing capacity, consultants for scientific and administrative assistance, and contracts for outsourcing. DNA analysis will be performed by outsourcing to private vendors. The resulting DNA profiles will be entered into the forensic index section of their State DNA database to be compared to convicted offender indices. Perhaps 10% or more of these profiles from unsolved crimes will find their solutions in the DNA profiles of the convicted offender samples currently populations CODIS.


Date Created: August 22, 2002