$360,000 in grants awarded to Monroe County for DNA backlog testing
Posted at: 08/27/2013 5:00 PM | Updated at: 08/27/2013 5:17 PM
Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer are hoping some extra money from the Department of Justice will help law enforcement take violent criminals off the street.
The senators announced that Monroe County has been awarded more than $360,000 in grants to help test backlogged DNA samples.
Sandra Doorley, Monroe County District Attorney, said, "This will, of course, help our office and law enforcement. We have so many samples over there that are awaiting testing and the quicker that they can test these samples, the quicker we can solve crime and be able to prosecute people for offenses."
Doorley specifically mentioned the case of Mario Alvarado as one where officials were able to find a suspect based on DNA evidence. The money comes on top of a $278,000 grant from the Department of Justice awarded to Monroe County back in September of last year.