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Public Law 114-325
114th Congress

                                 An Act


 
   To reauthorize the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act of 
               2007. <<NOTE: Dec. 16, 2016 -  [S. 2854]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Emmett Till 
Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016.>> 
SECTION 1. <<NOTE: 28 USC 509 note.>>  SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights 
Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016''.
SEC. 2. INVESTIGATION OF UNSOLVED CIVIL RIGHTS CRIMES.

    The Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act of 2007 (28 U.S.C. 
509 note) is amended--
            (1) in section 2--
                    (A) in paragraph (1), by striking ``and'' at the 
                end;
                    (B) in paragraph (2), by striking the period at the 
                end and inserting a semicolon; and
                    (C) by inserting after paragraph (2) the following:
            ``(3) <<NOTE: Coordination.>>  meet regularly with eligible 
        entities to coordinate the sharing of information and to discuss 
        the status of the Department's work under this Act;
            ``(4) support the full accounting of all victims whose 
        deaths or disappearances were the result of racially motivated 
        crimes;
            ``(5) hold accountable under Federal and State law all 
        individuals who were perpetrators of, or accomplices in, 
        unsolved civil rights murders and such disappearances;
            ``(6) express the condolences of the authority to the 
        communities affected by unsolved civil rights murders, and to 
        the families of the victims of such murders and such 
        disappearances;
            ``(7) keep families regularly informed about the status of 
        the investigations of such murders and such disappearances of 
        their loved ones; and
            ``(8) <<NOTE: Compliance. Records. Public information.>>  
        expeditiously comply with requests for information received 
        pursuant to section 552 of title 5, United States Code, 
        (commonly known as the `Freedom of Information Act') and develop 
        a singular, publicly accessible repository of these disclosed 
        documents.'';
            (2) in section 3--
                    (A) in subsection (b)--
                          (i) in paragraph (1), by striking ``1969'' and 
                      inserting ``1979'';
                          (ii) in paragraph (2), by inserting before the 
                      period at the end the following: ``, and eligible 
                      entities''; and
                          (iii) by adding after paragraph (2) the 
                      following:

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            ``(3) Review of closed cases.--The Deputy Chief may, to the 
        extent practicable, reopen and review any case involving a 
        violation described in paragraph (1) that was closed prior to 
        the date of the enactment of the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil 
        Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016 without an in-person 
        investigation or review conducted by an officer or employee of 
        the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of the 
        Department of Justice or by an agent of the Federal Bureau of 
        Investigation.
            ``(4) Public engagement.--
                    ``(A) In general.--The Department shall hold 
                meetings with representatives of the Civil Rights 
                Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Community 
                Relations Service, eligible entities, and where 
                appropriate, state and local law enforcement to discuss 
                the status of the Department's work under this Act.
                    ``(B) Authorization of appropriations.--In addition 
                to amounts made available to carry out this Act under 
                section 6, there is authorized to be appropriated to the 
                Attorney General $1,500,000 for fiscal year 2017 and 
                each of the next 10 subsequent fiscal years to carry out 
                this paragraph.''; and
                    (B) in subsection (c)--
                          (i) in paragraph (1)--
                                    (I) in subparagraph (A), by striking 
                                ``1969'' and inserting ``1979'';
                                    (II) in subparagraph (F), by 
                                striking ``and'' at the end;
                                    (III) in subparagraph (G), by 
                                striking the period at the end and 
                                inserting ``; and''; and
                                    (IV) by inserting after subparagraph 
                                (G) the following:
                    ``(H) the number of cases referred by an eligible 
                entity or a State or local law enforcement agency or 
                prosecutor to the Department within the study period, 
                the number of such cases that resulted in Federal 
                charges being filed, the date the charges were filed, 
                and if the Department declines to prosecute or 
                participate in an investigation of a case so referred, 
                the fact that it did so, and the outreach, 
                collaboration, and support for investigations and 
                prosecutions of violations of criminal civil rights 
                statutes described in section 2(3), including murders 
                and including disappearances described in section 2(4), 
                within Federal, State, and local jurisdictions.''; and
                          (ii) in paragraph (2), by inserting before the 
                      period at the end the following: ``and a 
                      description of the activities conducted under 
                      subsection (b)(3)'';
            (3) in section 4(b)--
                    (A) in paragraph (1), by striking ``1969'' and 
                inserting ``1979''; and
                    (B) in paragraph (2), by inserting before the period 
                at the end the following: ``, and eligible entities'';
            (4) in section 5--
                    (A) in subsection (a), by striking ``1969'' and 
                inserting ``1979''; and

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                    (B) in subsection (b), by striking ``each of the 
                fiscal years 2008 through 2017'' and inserting ``fiscal 
                year 2017 and each of the 10 subsequent fiscal years''; 
                and
            (5) in section 6--
                    (A) in subsection (a)--
                          (i) by striking ``each of the fiscal years 
                      2008 through 2017'' and inserting ``fiscal year 
                      2017 and each of the 10 subsequent fiscal years''; 
                      and
                          (ii) by striking ``1969'' and inserting 
                      ``1979''; and
                    (B) by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:

    ``(b) Community Relations Service of the Department of Justice.--
Using funds appropriated under section 3(b)(4)(B), the Community 
Relations Service of the Department of Justice shall provide technical 
assistance by bringing together law enforcement agencies and communities 
to address tensions raised by Civil Rights era crimes.'';
            (6) in section 7--
                    (A) in the heading, by striking ``definition of 
                `criminal civil rights statutes''' and inserting 
                ``definitions'';
                    (B) in paragraph (6), by redesignating subparagraphs 
                (A) and (B) as clauses (i) and (ii), respectively, and 
                indenting the clauses accordingly;
                    (C) by redesignating paragraphs (1) through (6) as 
                subparagraphs (A) through (F), respectively, and 
                indenting the subparagraphs accordingly;
                    (D) by striking ``In this Act, the term'' and 
                inserting: ``In this Act:
            ``(1) Criminal civil rights statutes.--The term''; and
                    (E) by inserting at the end the following:
            ``(2) <<NOTE: Definition.>>  Eligible entity.--The term 
        `eligible entity' means an organization whose primary purpose is 
        to promote civil rights, an institution of higher education, or 
        another entity, determined by the Attorney General to be 
        appropriate.''; and
            (7) by striking section 8.

    Approved December 16, 2016.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--S. 2854:
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CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 162 (2016):
            July 14, considered and passed Senate.
            Dec. 7, considered and passed House, amended.
            Dec. 9, Senate concurred in House amendment.

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