For those (few) of you who share my obsession about dealing with the DNA database backlog, there was a little good news this week.
Justice, through its National Institute of Justice, doled out more than $7 million to seven states to enable them to attack their backlog of unanalyzed samples taken from convicted offenders. Once the samples are analyzed, the data will be entered both in the individual states’ databases, and in the FBI’s nationwide system, CODIS. The department said another 14 states will soon be receiving additional grants for the same purpose. The current grants will take care of 145,783 backlogged samples out of an estimated 750,000 nationwide.
Beverley Lumpkin has covered the Justice Department for ABCNEWS for 14 years. Halls of Justice appears every Friday.