Issue Brief 10-36
September 2, 2010

In May 2010, the House passed legislation that would provide bonuses to states and territories that have implemented DNA collection procedures for suspects arrested for violent crimes. Originally, the bill would have reduced Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance (Byrne JAG) grants by 5% for states that did not employ DNA evidence collection systems. However, the final bill replaced the reduction in grant funding with incentive payments.