The Justice For All Act (P.L. 108-405) expanded the use of DNA technology to convict the guilty and free the innocent. Included in this law was the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program, named for a courageous rape survivor whose assailant was identified
through DNA evidence. This program helps to reduce and eliminate the backlog of unprocessed DNA evidence in state and local labs across the nation. In 2014, Congress again showed its overwhelming bipartisan support for this initiative by passing the Debbie
Smith Reauthorization Act (P.L. 113-182), which extends this program through 2019. And this year, the SAFER Act was reauthorized, which amends the Debbie Smith Act to provide local law enforcement with resources to audit and report back on their backlogs.