S. 822: Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2013

Introduced:
Apr 25, 2013
Status:
Reported by Committee on Oct 31, 2013
Prognosis
14% chance of being enacted
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Introduced
Apr 25, 2013
Reported by Committee
Oct 31, 2013
Passed Senate
Passed House
Signed by the President
 
Sponsor
Patrick Leahy
Senior Senator from Vermont
Party
Democrat
Text
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Last Updated
Nov 07, 2013
Length
24 pages
Related Bills
S. 250 (112th) was a previous version of this bill.

Reported by Committee
Last Action: Jun 21, 2012

H.R. 4165 (Related)
Justice for Crime Victims Act of 2014

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Mar 06, 2014

 
Full Title

A bill to protect crime victims' rights, to eliminate the substantial backlog of DNA samples collected from crime scenes and convicted offenders, to improve and expand the DNA testing capacity of Federal, State, and local crime laboratories, to increase research and development of new DNA testing technologies, to develop new training programs regarding the collection and use of DNA evidence, to provide post conviction testing of DNA evidence to exonerate the innocent, to improve the performance of counsel in State capital cases, and for other purposes.

Summary

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Prognosis

14% chance of being enacted.

Only about 23% of bills that made it past committee in 2011–2013 were enacted. [show factors | methodology]

Cosponsors
20 cosponsors (14D, 6R) (show)
Committees

Senate Judiciary

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11/7/2013--Reported to Senate amended.
Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2013 -
Section2 -
Amends the federal criminal code to add to the list of crime victims' rights: (1) the right to be informed in a timely manner of any plea bargain or deferred prosecution agreement, and (2) the right to be informed of victims' rights and the services described in the Victims' Rights and Restitution Act of 1990 and to be provided contact information for the Office of the Victim's Rights Ombudsman of the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Amends the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 to permit surplus amounts in the Crime Victims Fund to be used to improve services for the benefit of crime victims in the federal criminal justice system and for a Victim Notification System.
Section3 -
Amends: (1) the Justice for All Act of 2004 to authorize appropriations for crime victims legal assistance grants through FY2018, and (2) the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 to authorize appropriations for crime victims notification grants through FY2018.
Section4 -
Amends the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 to extend through FY2018 the authorization of appropriations for the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program.
Section5 -
Amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to extend until three years after the enactment of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (i.e., March 7, 2013) the deadline for compliance by states, local governments, and Indian tribal governments with requirements for payment of rape exams and notifications to rape victims.
Section6 -
Amends the Justice for All Act of 2004 to extend through FY2018 the authorization of appropriations for: (1) DNA training and education for law enforcement and correctional personnel and court officers; (2) sexual assault forensic exam program grants, (3) DNA research and development, (4) FBI DNA Programs, and (5) DNA identification of missing persons.
Section7 -
Amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to to extend through FY2018 the Paul Coverdell Forensic Sciences Improvement Grant Program.
Section8 -
Amends the Justice for All Act of 2004 to extend through FY2018 the grant program for improving the quality of legal representation of indigent criminal defendants in cases involving the death penalty.
Section9 -
Amends the federal criminal code to expand eligibility for post-conviction DNA testing in criminal proceedings other than death penalty cases.
Section10 -
Amends the Justice for All Act to authorize appropriations for FY2014-FY2018 for: (1) incentive grants to states to ensure consideration of claims of actual innocence in criminal cases, and (2) the Kirk Bloodsworth Post-Conviction DNA Testing Grant Program to help states defray the costs of such testing.
Section11 -
Amends the Justice for All Act of 2004 to require the Director of the National Institute of Justice, in consultation with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and government laboratories, to:
(1) establish best practices for evidence retention to focus on the preservation of biological evidence; and
(2) assist state, local, and tribal governments in adopting and implementing such practices.
Requires the publication of such best practices not later than one year after the enactment of this Act.
(Sec.12) Effective Administration of Criminal Justice Act of 2013 - Amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to require grant applications under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program to include a comprehensive statewide plan for the improvement of the administration of the criminal justice system.
Requires the Attorney General to provide technical assistance to states and local governments to develop and implement such a plan and to meet constitutional requirements.
Authorizes appropriations for FY2014-FY2018.
Section13 -
Subjects all grants awarded by DOJ under this Act to requirements that:
(1) the DOJ Inspector General, beginning in FY2014, conduct annual audits of grant recipients to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse;
(2) a recipient found to have an unresolved audit finding that the grantee has utilized grant funds for an unauthorized expenditure or otherwise unallowable cost shall be ineligible to receive grant funds for a specified period;
(3) the Attorney General give priority to eligible entities that, during the three fiscal years before submitting a grant application, did not have an unresolved audit finding showing a violation in the terms or conditions of a DOJ grant program; and
(4) an entity awarded grant funds during the period in which the entity is barred from receiving grants shall deposit an amount equal to the improperly awarded funds into the Treasury's General Fund and that the Attorney General shall seek to recoup the costs of repayment.
Prohibits the Attorney General from awarding a grant under this Act to a nonprofit organization that holds money in offshore accounts for the purpose of avoiding paying the tax on unrelated business income of charitable organizations.
Requires each nonprofit organization that is awarded a grant under this Act and that uses the procedures prescribed in regulations to create a rebuttable presumption of reasonableness for the compensation of its officers, directors, trustees, and key employees to disclose to the Attorney General, in the grant application, the process for determining such compensation, including the independent persons involved in reviewing and approving such compensation, the comparability data used, and contemporaneous substantiation of the deliberation and decision.
Requires the Attorney General to make the information disclosed available for public inspection upon request.
Prohibits more than 7.5% of the amounts authorized to be appropriated under this Act from being used by the Attorney General for DOJ salaries and administrative expenses, unless otherwise explicitly provided in authorizing legislation.
Prohibits sums authorized to be appropriated to DOJ under this Act from being used by the Attorney General, or by any individual or organization awarded discretionary funds through a cooperative agreement under this Act, to host or support any expenditure for conferences that uses more than $20,000 in DOJ funds, without prior written authorization by the Deputy Attorney General or other specified officials.
Requires:
(1) written approval to include a written estimate of all costs associated with the conference, and
(2) the Deputy Attorney General to report annually to the Judiciary Committees of Congress on all approved conference expenditures.
Prohibits sums authorized to be appropriated under this Act from being utilized by any grant recipient to lobby any representative of DOJ or of a federal, state, local, or tribal government regarding the award of grant funding. Directs the Attorney General to: (1) require any grant recipient determined to have violated such prohibition to repay the grant in full, and (2) prohibit such recipient from receiving another grant under this Act for at least five years.

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