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Based on Fort Hood deal, bill seeks juvenile sex assault prosecutions

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U.S. Rep. John Carter, the Republican from Round Rock who represents Fort Hood, has filed legislation that would order military installations around the country to enter into agreements with local prosecutors to prosecute sexual assaults committed by juveniles on base. The bill is based on an agreement reached recently by Fort Hood officials, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Waco and juvenile prosecu...

Carter's Justice Served Act Passes House

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Last night, the House passed Congressman John Carter's (TX-31) Justice Served Act, a bill that will direct funding to state and local jurisdictions to aid in the prosecution of violent criminals who have been identified through newly discovered DNA evidence.

A New Law Would Give More Money For Prosecuting Cold Cases Like The Golden State Killer

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The Justice Served Act, which just passed in the House, says that at least 5% of federal money set aside for testing rape kits should go toward prosecuting cold cases. The Justice Served Act, passed by the US House of Representatives on Tuesday evening by a 377–1 vote, would mandate that 5% to 7% of the money used by the Department of Justice for testing rape kits go toward prosecutors investigat...

Carter Leads Bipartisan Lawmakers in Introducing Bill to Bring Justice to Cold Cases

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Congressman John Carter (TX-31) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the Justice Served Act this week. This bill directs funding to state and local jurisdictions to prosecute violent criminals who have been identified through newly discovered DNA evidence. They are joined by Representatives Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), Bill Pascrell (NJ-09) Ted Poe (TX-02), John Ratcliffe (TX-04), Dave Reichert (WA-08), Adam Schiff (CA-28), Lamar Smith (TX-21), and Eric Swalwell (CA-15) in introducing this important legislation. For far too long, cold cases have sat dormant on investigators' desks because there has been no identifiable suspect. This bill will ensure those found responsible through new DNA evidence are prosecuted.

ALERRT Center awarded $5.4 million Department of Justice grant

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The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University has received a $5.4 million Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant from the United States Department of Justice. The grant will support ALERRT's Integrated Response Training Program, which provides training across the country to improve rapid response to active shooter events. “This outstandin...

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