Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $1,392,176)
To date, post-conviction DNA testing for CTIP cases has been performed by the State of Connecticut Forensic Laboratory. The present back-log at the Forensic Laboratory causes delay in obtaining post-conviction DNA results which may lead to the release and exoneration of innocent inmates. The grant funding would provide resources to enable the CTIP and the Office of the State's Attorney to pursue the existence of relevant cases, and to work collaboratively with the Forensic Laboratory so that DNA testing will be done more quickly.
Case review will be conducted by CTIP attorneys and investigators, OCSA attorney and inspector, and the Forensic Lab with the assistance of law enforcement personnel. The process of locating and identifying biological evidence that through DNA analysis might establish actual innocence will include searching of files, storage facilities and evidence rooms; DNA analysis of biological evidence will include handling, screening and DNA analysis of biological evidence located in connection with a case review. ca/ncf
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