Homicide victims’ rights bill passes US House

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KRON) – A homicide victims’ rights bill introduced by Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday and is headed for the Senate.

The Homicide Victims’ Families Rights Act, a bipartisan bill that Swalwell worked on with Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), passed 406-20. It gives the families of homicide victims whose cases are in the federal system the right to have their loved one’s case reviewed if the case goes cold for three years.

The bill also requires the government to notify relatives of their rights and provide them with any updates on the cold case reviews, and provides for data collection on the problems with cold cases.

“I’m glad my colleagues in the House, on both sides of the aisle, agreed that we can and must do better for the families of homicide victims,” Rep. Swalwell stated in a news…

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