FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEBJA
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1998202/307-0703

50 STATES RECEIVE ABOUT $9.7 MILLION TO IMPROVE
DNA AND FINGERPRINT IDENTIFICATION SYSTEMS

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) today awarded more than $194,000 to each of the 50 states to develop or improve their DNA analysis capabilities and computerized identification systems. The State Identification Systems (SIS) program, authorized by the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, is administered by BJA with funding provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

"More than 50 percent of the funds awarded will be used to enhance DNA analysis, nearly 29 percent for automated fingerprint identification systems and over 18 percent for other computerized identification systems," said BJA Director Nancy Gist. "With improved information systems, we will be able to accurately identify offenders and bring them to justice faster and more effectively."

States may use SIS grants for equipment, supplies, training or educational expenses, modifications to space to accommodate equipment, contractor-provided services to address backlog or program implementation issues, and state and local personnel expenses.

To be eligible, a state must have a law in place that requires all persons convicted of a felony sex offense to provide appropriate state law enforcement officials with a DNA sample for analysis. Presently, all 50 states have such laws in effect. There is not a comparable law that covers the five territories or the District of Columbia.

BJA provides leadership and support on crime and violence prevention and works in partnership with state and local governments to make communities safe and to improve criminal justice systems. In addition, BJA develops and tests new approaches in criminal justice and crime control, and encourages replication of effective programs and practices by state and local criminal justice agencies.

The SIS program will enhance a state's ability to become fully integrated with the databases of the FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC), the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) and the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS).

To obtain additional information on BJA and its programs, you can access the agency's homepage at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bja. For additional information about the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) or its other bureaus and programs, visit the OJP website at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov.

Attached is a list of the 1998 State Identification Systems grant recipients.

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BJA 98-201

After hours contact: James Phillips at 1-888/582-6750 (pager)

BUREAU OF JUSTICE ASSISTANCE
1998 STATE IDENTIFICATION SYSTEMS FORMULA GRANT AWARDS

STATE
RECIPIENT AGENCY/LOCAL CONTACT

AWARD AMOUNT

Alabama AL Department of Economic and Community Affairs
Luke Marshall - 334/242-5900
$194,711
Alaska AK State Troopers
Catherine Katsel - 907/269-5082
$194,710
Arizona AZ Criminal Justice Commission
Gerald Hardt - 602/230-0252
$194,711
Arkansas AR Department of Finance and Administration
Jerry Duran - 501/682-1074
$194,711
California CA Office of Criminal Justice Planning
John Isaacson - 916/323-7612
$194,711
Colorado CO Division of Criminal Justice
John Inmann - 303/239-4470
$194,711
Connecticut CT Office of Policy and Management
Patricia O'Hagan - 860/418-6355
$194,711
Delaware DE Criminal Justice Council
Corrine Pearson - 302/577-8696
$194,710
Florida FL Department of Community Affairs
Clayton Wilder - 850/488-8016
$194,711
Georgia GA Bureau of Investigation
George Herrin - 404/244-2796
$194,711
Hawaii HI Department of the Attorney General
Lari Koga - 808/586-1151
$194,710
Idaho ID Department of Law Enforcement
Robert Taylor - 208/884-7133
$194,710
Illinois IL Criminal Justice Information Authority
Laura Egger - 312/793-8550
$194,711
Indiana IN Criminal Justice Institute
Douglas Fowler - 317/232-1230
$194,711
Iowa IA Department of Public Safety
Timothy McDonald - 515/281-5138
$194,711
Kansas KS Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Barbara Tombs - 785/296-0923
$194,711
Kentucky KY Justice Cabinet
Fonda Butler - 502/564-3251
$194,711
Louisiana LA Commission on Law Enforcement
Carle Jackson - 504/925-4440
$194,711
Maine ME Department of Public Safety
Jeffrey Harmon - 207/624-7062
$194,711
Maryland MD Department of Public Safety
and Correctional Services
Mary Unfried - 410/385-8994
$194,711
Massachusetts MA State Police
David Ranieri - 508/820-2353
$194,711
Michigan MI Department of State Police
Frank Schehr - 517/336-6522
$194,711
Minnesota MN Department of Children, Families and Learning
Terry Laber - 651/642-0700
$194,711
Mississippi MS Division of Public Safety Planning
Herbert Terry - 601/359-7896
$194,711
Missouri MO State Highway Patrol
Robert Gartner - 573/526-6160
$194,711
Montana MT Board of Crime Control
Cathy Kendall - 406/444-2947
$194,710
Nebraska NE State Patrol
Marisue Riesenberg - 402/479-4017
$194,711
Nevada NV Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety
Karen Kennard - 702/684-8680
$194,711
New Hampshire NH Department of Justice
Gale Dean - 603/271-7987
$194,710
New Jersey NJ Division of State Police
Linda Jankowski - 609/671-0022
$194,711
New Mexico NM Department of Public Safety
Donna Farrell - 505/827-3375
$194,711
New York NY Division of Criminal Justice Services
Gary Schreivogl - 518/457-8462
$194,711
North Carolina NC Department of Crime Control and Public Safety
Douglas Yearwood - 919/733-4564
$194,711
North Dakota ND Office of the Attorney General
Tammy Becker - 701/328-5508
$194,710
Ohio OH Office of Criminal Justice Services
Melissa Winesburg - 614/728-5468
$194,711
Oklahoma OK District Attorney's Council
Gayle Caldwell - 405/557-6707
$194,711
Oregon OR Department of State Police
Beverlee Venell - 503/378-3720
$194,711
Pennsylvania PA State Police
James Brown - 717/772-5494
$194,711
Rhode Island RI Governor's Commission
Gail Pereira - 401/222-4496
$194,710
South Carolina SC Department of Public Safety
Ginger Dukes - 803/896-8706
$194,711
South Dakota SD Office of the Attorney General
Delton Tipton - 605/773-3536
$194,710
Tennessee TN Department of Finance and Administration
Helen Cooper - 615/532-2985
$194,711
Texas TX Office of the Governor
Robert Bodisch - 512/463-1806
$194,711
Utah UT Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice
Richard Ziebarth - 801/538-1812
$194,711
Vermont VT Department of Public Safety
Eric Buel - 802/244-8788
$194,710
Virginia VA Department of Criminal Justice Services
Joseph Marshall - 804/786-1577
$194,711
Washington WA State Patrol
Robert Maki - 360/753-0602
$194,711
West Virginia WV Division of Criminal Justice Services
Michael Cutlip - 304/558-8814
$194,711
Wisconsin WI Office of Justice Assistance
Stephen Grohmann - 608/266-7185
$194,711
Wyoming WY Office of the Attorney General
Jennie Wroe - 307/777-6785
$194,710
TOTAL $9,735,539