Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $767,743)
The Arkansas State Crime Laboratory Forensic Serology and DNA Sections analyze evidence submitted by law enforcement agencies for the state of Arkansas. These two sections compliment one another in the screening and DNA analysis of biological evidence. The Arkansas State Crime Laboratory is proposing to utilize the "FY 2015 DNA Backlog Reduction Program" to purchase the necessary equipment to increase the capacity to extract, and prepare samples for quantification and amplification, to purchase software for familial and mixture interpretation, and to continue to fund the 5 Forensic Serologists and 2 Forensic DNA Analysts that were originally funded from the FY2012 Backlog Reduction Program. The goals of this program are to 1. Maintain the DNA section. 2. Improve the Capabilities of the DNA and CODIS section.