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Austin Postconviction DNA Review and Testing Project

Award Information

Awardee
Award #
2017-DY-BX-0006
Funding Category
Competitive
Location
Congressional District
Status
Open
Funding First Awarded
2017
Total funding (to date)
$600,122

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $600,122)

The City of Austin's Crime Lab's DNA Section was closed in 2015 after an internal audit. Issues and questions ranged in scope from mixture interpretation and potential crossover contamination, to the use of accepted scientific practices and proper analyst training. In light of identified lab issues, Austin's project objectives are to review postconviction cases and identify and locate biological evidence, and to perform DNA analysis.

ca/ncf

Date Created: September 29, 2017