Justice for Crime Victims' Families Act passes House as part of larger Children's Safety Act

On March 8, the Justice for Crime Victims' Families Act, sponsored by Representative Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA,) was added to the Children's Safety and Violent Crime Reduction Act that was passed in the House on March 8. The Justice for Crime Victims' Families Act requires the Attorney General to submit a report to Congress on ways to increase the success of federal, state, and local homicide investigations. The Attorney General must also report on the ability of federal, state, and local homicide investigators to solve homicides involving missing persons and unidentified human remains. Specifically, the report must examine what is being done to expand national criminal records databases, enhance the collection of DNA samples from missing persons, and improve the performance of medical examinations. The Children's Safety and Violent Crime Reduction Act now goes to the Senate for consideration.