Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2019 (HR 777, 116th Congress)
Extends the Debbie Smith Act of 2005 by amending the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act and DNA Sexual Assault Justice Act to reauthorize DNA analysis, training, education, and forensic exam programs until 2024.
HR 777 (Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2019) seeks to extend programs authorized under the Debbie Smith Act of 2004, including parts of the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination act of 2000 and the DNA Sexual Assault Justice Act of 2004. Currently, these programs, which include grants for DNA analysis, training, education, and forensic exam programs, are set to expire in 2019; the Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2018 would extend these measures to 2024.
According to the National Institute of Justice, analyzing forensic DNA has played a critical role in investigating and resolving thousands of crimes since the late 1980s, when this technology was first used in forensics.
The Washington Post – Scientists say a new method of analyzing genetic mutations in proteins in human hair could lead to the first forensic technique other than DNA profiling that could reliably match biological evidence to a single person with scientific precision.
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