Daily Archives: February 19, 2014

NIJ is accepting applications for the following funding opportunity

Justice DeptThe U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding under the FY 2014 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by providing States and units of local government with tools needed to meet the challenges of crime and justice. Specifically, this program seeks to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner services, including services provided by laboratories operated by States and units of local government.

Rape kit testing backlog undermines justice for victims

sexual assault kitsIn Cleveland, Ohio, a serial rapist and murderer was convicted of crimes last year that will keep him in prison for the rest of his life. His case made the headlines because his neighbor was Ariel Castro, the man who kept three young women hostage as sex slaves for years. Following Castro’s high-profile arrest, investigators began re-examining Cleveland’s cold cases and processing their backlog of untested sexual assault evidence kits, known as “rape kits.” One such rape kit, collected in 1993 but not tested until 2013, helped the FBI link Castro’s neighbor, Elias Acevedo Sr., to two murders and multiple rapes.

10 years later, DNA on $5 bill links La Vista man to Council Bluffs slaying

$5BillCOUNCIL BLUFFS — Police found the blood on a $5 bill that lay next to the homicide victim. For 10 years, a DNA profile that was developed from the blood went unmatched, the slaying unsolved.

Committee Narrows “Katie’s Law” DNA Testing Bill

Wyoming-State-Capitol2CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming legislative committee has scaled back a proposal to require people accused of charges of serious crimes to provide DNA samples.