The Lonestar Weekly
The Lonestar Weekly
114th Congress: Supporting Law
Enforcement and Crime Victims
As the 114th Congress comes to a
close, we can look back on several major pieces of legislation
that were enacted to empower victims of crime and support law
enforcement. Congress passed bills to expand active shooter
training for law enforcement, increase resources to identify
mentally ill offenders, reduce the nationwide rape kit backlog,
and strengthen resources for law enforcement to arrest human
Justice for Victims of
Trafficking Act of 2015 (Passed Senate 4/22/15, passed House
5/19/15, became law 5/29/15)
Strengthens law enforcement
tools to help authorities rescue victims and take down human
traffickers and the organized criminal networks who support them.
Provides victims of sexual
exploitation, slavery, and human trafficking with resources to
heal and restore their lives.
Targets predators who
purchase trafficked women and encourages partnerships at the
federal, state and local level.
POLICE Act of 2016 (Passed Senate
5/18/16, passed House 7/12/16, became law 7/22/16)
Expands access to existing
federal funding for law enforcement and first responders to
receive active shooter response training.
Endorsed by the National
Fraternal Order of Police, the National District Attorneys
Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police,
the Major County Sheriffs Association, and the Sergeants
Justice for All Reauthorization
Act of 2016 (Passed Senate 6/16/16, passed House 11/29/16, became
Gives our law enforcement the
resources to arrest violent offenders and reauthorizes grant
funding for local and state law enforcement to help reduce the
nationwide rape kit backlog.
Provides resources for
forensic labs while protecting the innocent by improving access
to post-conviction DNA testing.
Strengthens crime victims'
rights in the courtroom, increases access to restitution and
restorative services like housing, and reauthorizes important law
enforcement investigative programs.
Survivors' Bill of Rights Act
(Passed House 9/6/16, passed Senate 9/28/16, became law 10/7/16)
Ensures sexual assault
survivors in federal criminal cases are notified before an
evidence collection kit is destroyed, can request preservation of
the kit, and are informed of important results.
Requires the Attorney General
and the United States Department of Health and Human Services to
convene a joint working group on best practices regarding the
care and treatment of sexual assault survivors.
Major Provisions of the
Mental Health and Safe Communities Act (Passed as part of the
21st Century Cures Act and became law 12/13/16)
Allows law enforcement to
use existing funding to create pre-trial screening and assessment
programs to identify mentally ill offenders, provide need-based
treatment, and develop post-release supervision plans, including
judicially-administered Assisted Outpatient Treatment programs.
Uses federal grant
funding to expand the use of Crisis Intervention Teams, who are
trained to respond to mental health crises and prevent acts of
Enables existing federal
funding to be used to provide treatment, mentoring, and other
transitional services to mentally-ill offenders leaving custody.
By providing law enforcement
with the training to prevent violent crimes and the resources
necessary to put criminals behind bars, we can help keep our
communities safe and restore the lives of victims across the
nation. In this way Congress was able to work in a bipartisan way
to benefit the most vulnerable in our society.
517 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
This message was intended for: xxx
You were added to the system October 8, 2015.
For more information please follow the URL below:
Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out:
To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings
with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.