H.R.4854 - Justice Served Act of 2018115th Congress (2017-2018) |
|Sponsor:||Rep. Carter, John R. [R-TX-31] (Introduced 01/19/2018)|
|Committees:||House - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||10/09/2018 Became Public Law No: 115-257. (All Actions)|
|Roll Call Votes:||There has been 1 roll call vote|
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Text: H.R.4854 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
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|H. R. 4854|
AT THE SECOND SESSION
Begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday,
the third day of January, two thousand and eighteen
To amend the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 to provide additional resources to State and local prosecutors, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
This Act may be cited as the “Justice Served Act of 2018”.
(a) Debbie smith DNA backlog grant program.—Section 2 of the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 (34 U.S.C. 40701) is amended—
(1) in subsection (a), by adding at the end the following:
“(9) To increase the capacity of State and local prosecution offices to address the backlog of violent crime cases in which suspects have been identified through DNA evidence.”; and
(2) in subsection (c), by adding at the end the following:
“(5) ALLOCATION OF GRANT AWARDS FOR PROSECUTORS.—For each fiscal year, not less than 5 percent, but not more than 7 percent, of the grant amounts distributed under paragraph (1) shall, if sufficient applications to justify such amounts are received by the Attorney General, be awarded for purposes described in subsection (a)(9), provided that none of the funds required to be distributed under this paragraph shall decrease or otherwise limit the availability of funds required to be awarded to States or units of local government under paragraph (3).”.
(b) Prosecution of cold cases.—Of the amounts made available to the Attorney General for a DNA Analysis and capacity enhancement program and for other local, State, and Federal forensic activities for the purpose described in section 2 of the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 (34 U.S.C. 40701) under the heading “State and local law enforcement assistance” under the heading “Office of Justice Programs” under the heading “Department of Justice” in fiscal years 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022, not less than 5 percent, but not more than 7 percent, of such amounts shall be provided for grants for prosecutors to increase the capacity of State and local prosecution offices to address cold cases involving violent crime, where suspects have been identified through DNA evidence.