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The Cold Case Accountability Act of 2020

Family Rights, Fiscal Resources, and Accountability

The Cold Case Accountability Act of 2020 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.


If you have ideas you'd like to contribute to the pool of ideas for writing the Cold Case Accountability Act of 2020, please contact CCIRI, LPA, or Leigh Egan at CrimeOnline! We are grateful for the time you might take to spend thinking about how your ideas could make a difference for Justice for All! 


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.


It is most likely that there is not a detective in America that wouldn't to everything he or she could if funding was in place. It is a fact that 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 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."


Law enforcement needs money, education, and training and families of cold case victims needs laws giving them rights to do more. The proposed Cold Case Accountability Act of 2020 aims support law enforcement, victims, and families 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.


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.Positive people who are dedicated to helping others are joining together in a collaborative effort. Retired law enforcement, current law enforcement, forensic experts, legal experts, media professionals, various types of professionals from every field  you can think of, victims of violent crime, families and survivors of cold case homicide victims, victim advocates, friends, neighbors, community outreach, and celebrities just to name a few are the team first by signing the Cold Case Accountability Act of 2020 Petition on Change.org. 


This is a teamwork at its best! Everyone is included! Everyone's ideas are critical to what needs to be written into this legislation by putting their heads together to contribute ideas to what we call the "Cold Case Accountability Act of 2020." This new federal legislation would be game-changing for law enforcement professionals who need our support and more fiscal resources in order to do their jobs the way everyone wants them too, for all cold case victims and their families -- #ChandrasLaw, #CathysLaw, #RyansLaw -- if passed, would 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 so much for considering being part of a great cause for people in need!