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senate Bill S. 2613

Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2016

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Title

Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2016

Official Title

A bill to reauthorize certain programs established by the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.

Summary

Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2016 (Sec. 2) This bill amends the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act to reauthorize through FY2018 the Sex Offender Management Assistance program and the Jessica Lunsford Address Verification Grant program. (Sec. 3) Additionally, it reauthorizes appropriations through FY2018 for the U.S. Marshals Service to locate and apprehend sex offenders who violate sex offender registration requirements. (Sec. 4) The bill amends the federal criminal code to modify the duties of probation and pretrial services officers to include, when directed by a court, supervision of a sex offender conditionally released from civil commitment subject to court-ordered compliance with a prescribed regimen of medical, psychiatric, or psychological treatment. (Sec. 5) It establishes statutory rights for sexual assault survivors, including the right to: (1) receive a forensic medical examination at no cost; (2) have a sexual assault evidence collection kit (i.e., a rape kit) preserved for 20 years or the maximum applicable statute of limitations, whichever is shorter; (3) receive written notification prior to destruction or disposal of a rape kit; and (4) be informed of the rights and policies under this section. Additionally, it makes statutory crime victims' rights applicable to sexual assault survivors. The term "sexual assault" means any nonconsensual sexual act prohibited by federal, state, or tribal law, including when a victim lacks capacity to consent. Funds made available to the Crime Victims Fund under the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 must be used to carry out the requirements of this section, subject to specified exceptions. (Sec. 6) The bill amends the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 to authorize DOJ's Office of Justice Programs to make grants to states to develop sexual assault survivors' rights and policies and to disseminate written notice of such rights and policies to medical centers, hospitals, forensic examiners, sexual assault service providers, law enforcement agencies, and other state entities. (Sec. 7) DOJ must establish a working group to develop, coordinate, and disseminate best practices regarding the care and treatment of sexual assault survivors and the preservation of forensic evidence. The working group must report its findings and recommended actions. (Sec. 8) It extends the statute of limitations for a minor victim of a federal sex offense to file a civil action to 10 years (currently 3 years) from the date such individual reaches age 18.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
  • The senate Passed May 23rd, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 89 Yea / 0 Nay
      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedMarch 1st, 2016

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    The Adam Walsh Act has proven to be a terrible mistake. It is destroying lives, including children's lives, and destroying families. It is used as a tool for punishment and for vigilantes to act on fear and hatred. Citizens on the public registry face tremendous difficulty finding work and many are homeless due to housing discrimination and residency restrictions. The vast majority (about 95% of the 800,000+) of citizens on the registry will never commit another sex-related crime, yet they are prevented from rehabilitation and reintegration due to the social stigma of "the list". The registry was intended to protect children, but it doesn't, and in fact harms children. The system is overwhelmed with so many registrants that it is impossible for law enforcement to track truly dangerous predators. Most sex crimes against children are committed by people known to the child, not strangers, and not citizens on the registry. The AWA needs to be overhauled. I urge you to NOT reauthorize, but rather use this opportunity to look at evidence and apply reason to making a law that really does protect children, without destroying so many lives. Thank you
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    While I am against the institution of mass incarceration that is choking our country, sex crimes and crimes against children require proper justice. This bill helps provide such.
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    Why, Senator Cruz, did you not vote for this bill? It's one of the most important bills protecting our children that has ever come across your desk!
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    We need to keep our children safe from kidnappers and sex predators
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    Vote yes
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    More bank regulations are needed, not less
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    While harsh- I can't come up with a better way to administer punishment for a heinous crime.
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    Yes
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    Adam Walsh has done so much good things to help children.
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    To not say yea means harsher sentences to keep offenders in prison.
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    Common sense
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