H.R. 1523 (112th): SAFER Act of 2011

Apr 13, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Carolyn Maloney
Representative for New York's 14th congressional district
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Enrolled Bill
Last Action: Jan 02, 2013


This bill was introduced on April 13, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Apr 13, 2011
Referred to Committee Apr 13, 2011
Full Title

To amend the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 to provide for Debbie Smith grants for auditing sexual assault evidence backlogs and to establish a Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry, and for other purposes.


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36 cosponsors (24D, 12R) (show)

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Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations

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Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry Act of 2011 or the SAFER Act of 2011 - Amends the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 to:
(1) allow states or local governments to use grant funds under such Act to conduct audits of samples of sexual assault evidence that are awaiting testing, and
(2) provide funding in FY2012-FY2016 for such purpose.
Authorizes the Attorney General to award grants for such audits only if the grant recipient (i.e., a state or local government) submits a plan for performing the audit of samples of sexual assault evidence and includes a good-faith estimate of the number of such samples.
Requires the Attorney General to:
(1) establish a Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry to include information about samples of sexual assault evidence awaiting testing and to track the testing and processing of such samples, and
(2) develop and disseminate to law enforcement and other appropriate agencies a report on best practices for the testing and use of DNA evidence collected as part of a criminal investigation of sexual assault cases.
Sets forth requirements relating to information required to be included in such Registry, the protection of personally identifiable information in the Registry, and the updating of information in the Registry.
Expresses the sense of Congress that law enforcement agencies and other appropriate entities should use the best practices developed by the Attorney General to develop, evaluate, and improve DNA evidence protocols.

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