H.R. 1046 (108th): Debbie Smith Act of 2003

Mar 04, 2003 (108th Congress, 2003–2004)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Mark Green
Representative for Wisconsin's 8th congressional district
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Mar 04, 2003
19 pages
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This bill was introduced on March 4, 2003, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Mar 04, 2003
Referred to Committee Mar 04, 2003
Full Title

To assess the extent of the backlog in DNA analysis of rape kit samples, and to improve investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases with DNA evidence.


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134 cosponsors (119D, 14R, 1I) (show)

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Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations

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Debbie Smith Act of 2003 - Directs the Attorney General to:
(1) survey Federal, State, local, and tribal law enforcement jurisdictions to assess the amount of DNA evidence from sexual assault crimes that has not been subjected to testing and analysis;
(2) review national, State, local, and tribal government protocols on the collection and processing of DNA evidence at crime scenes; and
(3) make grants for sexual assault examiner programs, examiner training and certification, acquisition or improvement of forensic equipment, and other training.Amends the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 to:
(1) ensure that DNA testing and analysis of samples from rape kits and non-suspect cases are carried out in a timely manner;
(2) reauthorize grants;
(3) make local governments eligible for grants;
(4) direct the Attorney General to give priority to a State or local governmental unit that has a significant rape kit or non-suspect case backlog; and
(5) expand the scope of DNA samples subject to privacy protections.Amends:
(1) the Federal criminal code and the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure to authorize "John Doe" DNA indictments for sexual abuse (allows describing a person as an unknown individual who has a particular DNA profile if the identity of the accused or defendant is unknown); and
(2) the DNA Identification Act of 1994 to authorize appropriations to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to carry out a redesign of the Combined DNA Index System.

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