Sep 07 2005

SHELBY ANNOUNCES OVER $600,000 IN FORENSIC SCIENCE FUNDS

WASHINGTON, D. C. -- U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), Chairman of the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced that funds will be released from the Department of Justice for over $600,000 in forensic science grants and for a DNA backlog program.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs will receive $146,930 in Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants. This grant program will provide funds for a number of important forensic science needs including: improving the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner services; and eliminating backlogs in the analysis of forensic evidence including controlled substances, firearms examination, forensic pathology, latent prints, questioned documents, toxicology and trace evidence.

The Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences will receive $482,225 for the Forensic Casework DNA Backlog Reduction Program. This program provides formula funding to State and local governments with existing crime laboratories that conduct DNA analysis. These funds will be used to analyze backlogged forensic DNA casework samples from crimes.

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased to announce funds to improve forensic science investigations in Alabama. All forensic sciences, including DNA, are critically important to crime-solving and both of these programs play an integral role in criminal investigations.”

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