Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $2,507,507)
Forensic DNA Backlog Reduction: To reduce the number of forensic DNA cases awaiting analysis, the ten Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratories will work as a team to engage its 119 Forensic DNA Scientists and DNA Technicians to work overtime examining evidence, developing DNA profiles, and then entering those forensic profiles into the CODIS DNA database. In this grant application, funds are requested to pay overtime to as many as 70 state funded DNA scientists, to continue the employment of fourteen additional grant funded scientists, and to acquire supplies and kits to perform forensic DNA testing in house. The goal will be to complete the analysis of evidence on 2,937 backlogged forensic DNA cases during the project period. In conjunction with this work, DNA scientists will attend continuing education by attending DNA training workshops to retain their proficiency, enhance their skills and improve efficiency.
DNA Database Backlog Reduction: DNA Analysts in the DNA database laboratory in Austin will work overtime to analyze 1,700 offender samples and upload the DNA profiles into the CODIS database.