Text: H.R.4854 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Public Law No: 115-257 (10/09/2018)

 
[115th Congress Public Law 257]
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Public Law 115-257
115th Congress

                                 An Act


 
  To amend the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 to provide 
   additional resources to State and local prosecutors, and for other 
            purposes. <<NOTE: Oct. 9, 2018 -  [H.R. 4854]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Justice Served 
Act of 2018.>> 
SECTION 1. <<NOTE: 34 USC 10101 note.>>  SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Justice Served Act of 2018''.
SEC. 2. PROSECUTION OF DNA COLD CASES.

    (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) <<NOTE: Grants.>>  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

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to address cold cases involving violent crime, where suspects have been 
identified through DNA evidence.

    Approved October 9, 2018.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 4854:
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CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 164 (2018):
            May 15, considered and passed House.
            Sept. 26, considered and passed Senate.

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