McCaskill-backed Bill To Help Solve Civil Rights Cold Cases Advances In The Senate

KC Call

WASHINGTON – The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee—where U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill serves as the top-ranking Democrat—recently approved McCaskill-backed legislation that would require the review, declassification, and release of government records related to unsolved criminal civil rights cases. The legislation—which builds on the 2016 law Ms. McCaskill championed that renewed congressional support for efforts to investigate and prosecute unsolved racially-motivated murders—now awaits a vote in the full Senate.

“This bill is a step in the right direction when it comes to getting closure for the families and communities who have been victims of these racially-motivated murders,” said Ms. McCaskill, a former Jackson County Prosecutor. “Granting public access to this collection of records brings us closer to attaining justice in these cases that have remained unsolved for far too long.”

The Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act of 2018 would require the National Archives and Records Administration to establish a collection of cold case records about unsolved criminal Civil Rights cases that government offices must publicly disclose in the collection without redaction or withholding.

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