DNA EVIDENCE: Preliminary Observations on DOJ’s DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Grant Program

Many state and local crime labs across the country have backlogs of requests for DNA analysis of crime scene evidence.
Since 2011, the Department of Justice has awarded nearly $500 million to states and localities through a grant program to help reduce DNA evidence backlogs.
This testimony covers preliminary observations and analyses from our ongoing review of the program. For example, we found that backlogs are growing as several factors increase demand for DNA analysis. Also, labs may not have the resources to keep up with demand.