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Grant Money To Help Maryland Reduce DNA Backlog

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Maryland is getting some help from the federal government to reduce a backlog in forensic DNA testing. The federal grants total almost $500,000 and were awarded under a program that helps states and local governments bolster their capacity to perform DNA analysis efficiently and cost effectively.

The goal is to aid crime fighting by reducing the time it takes for law enforcement to process forensic DNA samples. Most of the money, $350,000, will go to the Maryland State Police with the balance going to Anne Arundel County. In announcing the grants, Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland said the funding will give authorities the tools and technology they need to better prosecute crimes and put violent offenders behind bars.

Matt McCleskey reports...

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