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Grant given to KBI to help with DNA testing backlog

August 9, 2012

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It won’t eliminate the DNA testing backlog at the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, but a $319,000 federal grant certainly will help.

“It’s good news,” said Kyle Smith, deputy director of the KBI.

The grant, announced by U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom Thursday, comes from the National Institute of Justice and the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs.

“The demand for DNA testing continues to grow and crime laboratories are struggling to keep up,” Grissom said in a news release. The funds are designed to help reduce current backlogs, as well as speed up DNA testing turnaround times.

Smith said the funds will help pay for overtime work by scientists, as well as testing supplies. Currently, the KBI prioritizes DNA testing for active criminal cases, while testing for some older cases without known suspects can take years to test. Earlier this year, Smith said the KBI’s DNA backlog stood at more than 200 cases, some dating back to 2004.

In addition, Johnson County — which is one of several local Kansas jurisdictions with certified DNA testing labs — was awarded a $247,000 grant to help reduce backlog and speed up DNA testing turnaround times at its forensics laboratory.

— Reporter Shaun Hittle can be reached at 832-7173. Follow him at

Twitter.com/shaunhittle.

Comments

nekansan 2 years, 1 month ago

Well at least the Federal government cares more about putting criminals in jail than giving tax breaks to the people who need it least in this state. Why the state of Kansas can't permanently fund the KBI so cases don't have to wait years to proceed or potentially hit statute of limitations waiting on evidence to be processed. Instead they spend money on extended legislative sessions, redistricting lawsuits and multimillion dollar computer systems that have not even been fully tested.

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 1 month ago

Or entitlement programs, public transportation, and this kind of stuff.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 1 month ago

I have to wonder what the holdup is on these DNA tests. If you have a private DNA test done, it takes only 2 to 3 days to get a result.

But I wonder, how accurate is a DNA test that takes only 2 to 3 days to finish? And, there was a small problem. The DNA lab was unable to tell if one of the individuals was a Caucasian, Native American, Asian, or Black. That was simply left out.

Clipped from: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/accuracy-dna-matches-definitively-identify-suspects-questioned

"In 2001, Arizona state crime lab analyst Kathryn Troyer was running tests on the state’s database when she came across two felons with remarkably similar genetic profiles. They matched at 9 of the 13 locations on chromosomes, or loci, commonly used to distinguish people. While the FBI estimated the odds of finding unrelated people sharing those genetic markers to be 1 in 113 billion, Troyer found the men to be unrelated and of different races--one was black and the other white."

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