Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $446,421)
The Sacramento County District Attorney Laboratory of Forensic Services (hereafter referred to as the crime laboratory) is to continue partnering with local police agencies and the District Attorney to target and solve those criminal cases that will have the most significant impact on the prosecution of violent crimes. The emphasis of the crime laboratorys 2015 backlog reduction operations will be on the timely analysis of DNA-related evidence from violent crime cases and the remediation/prevention of a backlog of DNA cases across the spectrum of reported crimes identified by law enforcement agencies as critical homicide and sexual assault cases. There is no crime scene collection component to this grant.
The objectives of the crime laboratory to be completed during the 24 month duration of the FY 2015 Forensic DNA Backlog Reduction Program includes directing the grant-funded DNA analysts to conduct the screening, preparation, and DNA profiling on biological evidence from at least 168 DNA cases. Eligible DNA profiles from these cases will be uploaded to CODIS.
The crime laboratory has prepared an implementation plan that funds three DNA analysts in the Crime Laboratorys Biology Unit. The Project Director will closely monitor the grant to ensure progress is being made in all aspects of the grant.
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