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W.Va. gets funding for criminal justice efforts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -

West Virginia will receive more than $947,000 in federal funding for criminal justice efforts.

U.S. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin and Congressman Nick Rahall announced the funding Thursday.

The funding from the U.S. Department of Justice will enhance work in forensic science and criminal evidence processing. It also will support improvements in the juvenile justice system, along with state and local delinquency prevention and intervention efforts.

State Police will receive about $364,000 to help reduce a backlog in DNA forensic cases. State Police also will use a $200,000 grant earmarked for the Division of Justice and Community Services to implement a new system for improving criminal background checks.

An additional $384,000 will help the Division of Justice and Community Services with program support and improvement.

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