Funding Cuts Could Hurt Utah's DNA Database

Funding Cuts Could Hurt Utah's DNA Database


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(KSL News) -- Cuts in federal funding could short change Utah's system for tracking criminals.

State officials fear federal money will stop funneling into Utah's Bureau of Forensic Services as early as next year. The state doesn't have funds to pick up the tab.

In just two years, Utah's has received about 750- thousand dollars from President Bush's DNA initiative. With that money, they've collected about 28- thousand samples of convict's genetic blueprints.

The state's considering alternative ways to fund the important project, like charging criminals more money to process the DNA samples.

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