Families, Victims, & Law Enforcement Need Help "Cold Case Accountability Act of 2020"

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The Cold Case Accountability Act is for EVERYONE! It supports law enforcement, victims, and families' rights. It includes victims of unsolved homicides, sexual assaults, missing persons, kidnappings, and other unsolved crimes.

According to Murder Accountability Project, there are more than 229,000 unsolved murders in the United States. This means there are 229,000 families without answers and victims without justice. This could also mean there are 229,000 or more violent offenders still free, walking our streets, and living in our communities with that number growing by 5,000 or more every year.

By signing this petition, you can make a statement to decision makers that you care about your community, you care about people who have lost loved ones to violent crime, and that you expect the American Criminal Justice System to respond appropriately to such atrocities. 

American local and state law enforcement is underfunded and undermanned. Crime lab scientists are limited by financial thresholds that keep them to testing only a handful of items per murder case. Families beg for help and get nowhere. Some law enforcement agencies fiercely fight for their cold case families while others won't even give a family an update. Some families have not heard anything about their loved one's unsolved case in years. Some families have waited decades for "someone to do something."

Becoming a Lifetime Member of the club "Families of Unsolved Homicide Victims" is unfathomable to all but those who have been inducted. Will you join the club? Can you say with certainty that your family would never be personally affected by homicide and that you would not need to fellow citizens to rise and fight with you? No. None of us know that. Any of our lives can be changed forever in an instant by a violent offender who takes action. Any of us can become a family member of a murdered loved one...it doesn't just happen to "other people."

Families of Cold Case Victims needs new laws giving them more rights, federal guidelines must be passed, and more money must be dedicated to public safety. The proposed Cold Case Homicide Accountability Act of 2020 aims to include law, such as but not limited to due annually by December 31st:  

  • Accountability Reports: For every cold case jurisdictional agencies will submit a Standardized Cold Case Evidence Accountability, Update, Status, & Investigatory Plan Report
  • Family Updates: For every cold case jurisdictional agencies will update the family in writing and in person the non-confidential results of the Standardized Cold Case Evidence Accountability, Update, Status, & Investigatory Plan Report

And after 24-months the above, plus: 

  • Accountability Reports: For every cold case jurisdictional agencies will submit a Standardized Cold Case Evidence Accountability, Update, Status, & Investigatory Plan Report
  • Family Updates: For every cold case jurisdictional agencies will update the family in writing and in person the non-confidential results of the Standardized Cold Case Evidence Accountability, Update, Status, & Investigatory Plan Report
  • Outside Agency Case Review: Case Review by an approved law enforcement agency
  • (Optional) Private Sector Experts: At the Family's expense, Private Sector Experts can consult with jurisdictional agency

And after 36 months, if all leads have been exhausted, there is no where else to go with the case, the family has right to, all of the above, and: 

  • Accountability Reports: For every cold case jurisdictional agencies will submit a Standardized Cold Case Evidence Accountability, Update, Status, & Investigatory Plan Report
  • Family Updates: For every cold case jurisdictional agencies will update the family in writing and in person the non-confidential results of the Standardized Cold Case Evidence Accountability, Update, Status, & Investigatory Plan Report
  • Second Outside Agency Case Review: Second Case Review by an approved law enforcement agency
  • (Optional) Private Sector Experts: At the Family's expense, with access to the entire case file, Private Sector Experts can conduct a private independent death investigation 
  • (Optional) Private Sector Evidence Testing: At the Family's expense, physical evidence using advanced technology and/or retesting at a Certified Private Laboratory

While it could be true that errors are to blame in cases across America and it is true that many families blame law enforcement for alleged shortcomings, the truth is American law enforcement is underfunded, which mean there is no money for training that could help them avoid mistakes. Fiscal resources must be reallocated in the United States primarily towards public safety, healthcare, and education or we won't need all the money spent on sports and entertainment.

Currently, fiscal resources are not enough to solve the American Cold Case Epidemic problem let alone to handle the incoming pending cases. This misalignment of fiscal resources leaves all cold case victims without justice, families without answers, and violent offenders in society with the opportunity to reoffend.

The Cold Case Accountability Act aims to address the American Cold Case Epidemic with achievable, creative solutions that will realign critical objectives pointing the future trajectory squarely towards justice, increased public safety, federal legislation, access to advanced technology, enhanced investigative education, support for victims' families, and heightened public awareness.

Thank you for your time and thank you for considering signing this petition towards Justice for All.

For more information visit www.ColdCaseRevolution.com



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