S.1700 - Advancing Justice Through DNA Technology Act of 2003108th Congress (2003-2004)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT] (Introduced 10/01/2003)|
|Committees:||Senate - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||09/21/2004 Committee on the Judiciary. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.|
|Notes:||For further action, see H.R.5107, which became Public Law 108-405 on 10/30/2004.|
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Summary: S.1700 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (10/01/2003)
Advancing Justice Through DNA Technology Act of 2003 - Rape Kits and DNA Evidence Backlog Elimination Act of 2003 - Amends: (1) the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 to reauthorize the Act; (2) the DNA Identification Act of 1994 (Identification Act) to expand the scope of DNA samples to be included in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS); and (3) the Violence Against Women Act to authorize grants to increase the availability of legal assistance to victims of dating violence.
DNA Sexual Assault Justice Act of 2003 - Amends the Identification Act to require that CODIS include only information on DNA identification records and analyses that are prepared by laboratories that: (1) have been accredited by a nationally recognized nonprofit professional association of forensic scientists within two years; and (2) undergo external audits at least every two years that demonstrate compliance with specified standards.
Authorizes the Attorney General to make grants for: (1) DNA training and education; (2) sexual assault forensic examination programs; (3) research and development; (4) using DNA technology to identify missing persons; and (5) tribal domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions.
Expands and reauthorizes the Paul Coverdell Forensic Sciences Improvement Grant Program.
Innocence Protection Act of 2003 - Sets forth conditions under which a Federal prisoner may obtain post-conviction DNA testing of specific evidence.
Directs the Attorney General to award grants to States to improve the quality of legal representation in State capital cases.