H.R. 4602: Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2016

To protect crime victims' rights, to eliminate the substantial backlog of DNA and other forensic evidence samples to improve and expand the forensic science testing capacity of Federal, State, and local crime laboratories, to increase research and development of new testing technologies, to develop new training programs regarding the collection and use of forensic evidence, to provide post-conviction testing of DNA evidence to exonerate the innocent, to support accreditation efforts of forensic science laboratories and medical examiner offices, to address training and equipment needs, to improve the performance of counsel in State capital cases, and for other purposes.

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Feb 24, 2016


Referred to Committee on Feb 24, 2016

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Ted Poe

Representative for Texas's 2nd congressional district



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Last Updated: Feb 24, 2016
Length: 38 pages


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See Instead:

S. 2577 (same title)
Passed Senate — Jun 16, 2016


Feb 24, 2016

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