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FY 2015 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program Wyoming Office of the Attorney General, Wyoming State Crime Laboratory

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $150,000)

The Wyoming State Crime laboratory (WSCL) is the agency that is responsible for analyzing evidential material associated with criminal investigations for all state and local law enforcement agencies and medical examiners within the state of Wyoming. Wyoming State Statute designates the WSCL as the agency responsible for conducting DNA analysis on DNA samples collected from all convicted felony offenders and qualifying sex offenders in the State of Wyoming. The WSCL is responsible for storing and maintaining the resultant profiles in the Wyoming State DNA Database.

The WSCL is continuing to face state budget constraints in the face of an increasing case-load. The Federal funding from this award will help to alleviate burdens on the DNA unit, as well as assist in giving analysts more time and supplies to work forensic and database casework.

The Federal funding from this award will be used for projects with the following goals:
1. Reducing or maintaining the current forensic DNA case backlog through analyst overtime and supply purchases.
2. Ensuring that the DNA database sample backlog will not increase through analyst overtime and supply purchases.
3. Increasing the capacity of the laboratory by funding supplies for training analysts and Globalfiler validation.
The WSCL can expect to reduce or maintain the DNA case backlog by the end of the award period. The agency expects to work at least 931 Offender samples and 109 cases with funding from this solicitation.

Date Created: September 15, 2015