Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $500,000)
The City of Miami Police Department currently has a backlog of 1,637 homicide cold cases. MPD seeks to review, prioritize, examine and evaluate these cases in an effort to identify physical evidence that have potential to yield biological DNA that can be submitted for testing. They believe that evidence in about 327 cases can be submitted for analysis. The Miami Police Department seeks to accomplish several concurrent goals which include increasing solvability of backlogged cold cases, identify possible links to other crimes inside and outside of the Miami jurisdiction and ultimately prosecute a greater number of these cases.