Courts throughout North Dakota will get some help, thanks to a new grant.
The Attorney General's Office received $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Justice.
That money will be split for several uses. Here's the breakdown:
· $497,094 under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program that will be used to fund narcotics enforcement task forces in North Dakota and to provide services to victims of violent crimes including court assistance, support, shelter, and other services.
· $432,000 to enhance victim compensation payments to eligible crime victims.
· $250,000 to assist the state and local government in reducing forensic DNA sample turnaround time, increase the efficiency of public DNA laboratories and reduce DNA backlogs.
· $58,186 to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner services and to eliminate backlogs in analyzing forensic evidence, including controlled substances, firearms examinations, forensic pathology, latent prints, toxicology and other evidence.