DOJ grants $4M to address Illinois DNA backlog exposed in 2018

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020
DOJ grants $4M to address Illinois DNA backlog
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Public and private organizations received $4 million funding after the I-Team revealed delays in DNA processing.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- After consumer investigator Jason Knowles and the ABC7 I-Team first exposed delays in processing DNA for murder cases, changes were made to reduce Illinois' backlog of DNA forensic crime data.

Since the 2018 investigation that uncovered the delays in processing DNA for more than 750 Chicago murder cases over three years, state public health hearings were held. This led to sweeping workflow changes at the labs and additional forensic scientists were hired. The backlog has since decreased.

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More than $4 million was given to several public and private organizations by the Department of Justice on Tuesday. The funding was awarded in an effort to reduce the backlog and improve Illinois DNA crime fighting technology with more lab training, equipment and supplies.