“Justice Served Act” Will Help Clear Rape Kit Backlog

The President has signed into law the “Justice Served Act,” bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator Dean Heller and others, to provide justice to victims of violent crimes by providing funding to prosecute the rape kit backlog, resolve cold cases, and help exonerate those who were wrongfully convicted. Specifically, the Justice Served Act authorizes federal funding under the Debbie Smith Act, which created the primary program to end the backlog of untested and unanalyzed DNA, by dedicating resources to state and local law enforcement agencies to conduct forensic analyses of crime scenes, including untested rape kits.