Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), to announce $477,000 in federal funding for the Baltimore City Police Crime Laboratory and the Baltimore County Police Department to increase the capacity of laboratory processing and to reduce the number of forensic DNA samples awaiting analysis.
The Baltimore City Police Crime Laboratory will receive $252,000 and the Baltimore County Police Department will receive $225,000. Funding comes from the Department of Justice’s DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction (CEBR) program.
“The national backlog in DNA processing must be addressed,” the Members said. “These funds represent a first step toward tackling this issue and will help solve criminal cases in Baltimore, as we work to improve the system nationwide. Together, we will continue fighting for resources to support and strengthen Maryland’s criminal justice system.”