On Sep. 14, Virginia senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced more than $1.1 million in grants for George Mason University and Virginia Commonwealth University. GMU, based in Fairfax, received $449,437 while VCU, based in Richmond, received $676,460. Both grants come from the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice to support research for forensic science testing and equipment used in domestic violence and sexual assault cases.
“Law enforcement must have at their disposal the most up-to-date technology available to assist victims of violence,” Warner said in a prepared statement. “These funds will help us modernize our criminal justice system by giving prosecutors improved tools to bring criminals to justice, provide closure to their victims, and exonerate those wrongfully convicted.”