H.R. 6628 (112th): SAFER Act of 2012

Dec 04, 2012 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Died (Referred to Committee)
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S. 3250 (same title)
Enrolled Bill — Jan 02, 2013

Ted Poe
Representative for Texas's 2nd congressional district
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Dec 04, 2012
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H.R. 354 (113th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jan 23, 2013

S. 3250 (Related)
SAFER Act of 2012

Enrolled Bill
Last Action: Jan 02, 2013


This bill was introduced on December 4, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Dec 04, 2012
Referred to Committee Dec 04, 2012
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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4 cosponsors (4D) (show)

House Judiciary

Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations

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Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry Act of 2012 or the SAFER Act of 2012 - Amends the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 to authorize the Attorney General to make Debbie Smith grants under such Act to states or local governments to conduct audits of samples of sexual assault evidence that are awaiting testing, provided such government submits an audit plan that includes a good-faith estimate of the number of such samples.
Requires between 5% and 10% of Debbie Smith grant funds distributed in FY2014-FY2018 to be awarded for such purpose if sufficient applications to justify such amounts are received by the Attorney General, provided such award doesn't decrease funds for other distribution requirements.
Requires the Attorney General to establish a Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry that:
(1) allows state and local governments to enter specified information about samples of sexual assault evidence in their possession that are awaiting testing, and
(2) tracks the testing and processing of such samples.
Requires such a government:
(1) to complete a funded audit and enter such information about the sample into the Registry within one year after receiving a grant under this Act;
(2) within 21 days after receiving a sample that was not in such government's possession at the time of the initiation of such audit, to enter information about such sample into the Registry;
(3) to update the status of a sample within 30 days after any change;
(4) to provide that the chief law enforcement officer of such government is the individual responsible for such government's compliance with registry requirements; and
(5) to assign each sample a unique numeric or alphanumeric identifier.
Exempts from such Registry-requirements samples that are not considered criminal evidence or that relate to a sexual assault for which the prosecution of each perpetrator is barred by a statute of limitations.
Requires the Attorney General to make publicly available on a website aggregate non-individualized and non-personally identifying data compiled from information required to be entered into the Registry, to allow for comparison of backlog data by state and local governments.
Requires, for each fiscal year through FY2018, not less than: (1) 40% of Debbie Smith grant amounts to be awarded to carry out DNA analyses of samples from crime scenes for inclusion in the Combined DNA Index System, and (2) 75% of grant amounts to be awarded for a combination of that purpose and to increase the capacity of state or local government laboratories to carry out DNA analyses.

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