NIJ FY18 Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence

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**This opportunity may be a good fit for a Public Defender program that is working to or interested in postconviction review and/or exoneration based on biological evidence. This may linked to work around conviction integrity and wrongful conviction.**

NIJ seeks proposals for funding to assist in defraying the costs associated with postconviction DNA testing in cases of violent felony offenses (as defined by State law) in which actual innocence might be demonstrated. Funds may be used to identify and review such postconviction cases and to locate and analyze associated biological evidence. This supports the DOJ mission to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. While successful exonerations to correct injustice are notable program outcomes, the careful review, consideration and closing of cases subjected to postconviction DNA testing that do not ultimately demonstrate innocence also work to advance the public's interest that justice has been fairly applied.

Funding Source: 
National Institute of Justice
Eligible Grantees: 

Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
City or township governments
State governments
County governments