Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

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Can I use this funding to address backlogged SAKs currently awaiting testing in my jurisdiction’s crime laboratory?

Funding does not apply to the testing of SAKs that have already been submitted for testing to a lab, or for the purchase of lab equipment. The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) administers the DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program to assist eligible states and units of local government to process, record, screen, and analyze forensic DNA and/or DNA database samples, and to increase the capacity of public forensic DNA and DNA database laboratories to process more DNA samples, thereby helping to reduce the number of forensic DNA and DNA database samples awaiting analysis. For more information on NIJ's DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program, go to: www.nij.gov/topics/forensics/lab-operations/evidence-backlogs/Pages/backlog-reductionprogram.aspx.

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