Two grants to the Sacramento County DA's office will help speed up crime lab turnaround time for analyzing DNA evidence and replace forensic equipment.
The grants, which total $687,000, are much needed after years of budget cuts to her department, said District Attorney Jan Scully. The cuts have reduced both staff and equipment, she said, and the monies will help cut forensic work backlog.
-- State Department of Justice DNA backlog program: $586,429 will fund crime lab analysts, consultants for case screening, training and equipment purchases.
-- Cloverdell Forensic Science Improvment program: $100,625 will be used for equipment and analytical system upgrades.