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Prosecuting Cold Cases Using DNA

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Date Published
May 2023
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This fact sheet provides a description of the Prosecuting Cold Cases Using DNA Program, which provides funding to support agencies in the resolution of violent-crime cold cases.


This brief document provides an overview of the Prosecuting Cold Cases Using DNA Program, administered by the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The document lists the program objectives, which are: to prosecute cold cases involving violent crime where suspects have been identified through DNA evidence; and to decrease the number of unresolved violent crime cold cases that are awaiting prosecution. The fact sheet also provides program funding and award information from fiscal year (FY) 2019 through 2022 and lists program accomplishments. Program requirements include: a prosecutorial body must be a fully engaged project partner; suspects’ DNA profiles must have already been generated, either of known or unknown suspects; and forensic genetic genealogy must follow DOJ interim policy. Additionally, the fact sheet provides information about BJA.