The Senate joined the House of Representatives in passing the Justice for All Act of 2004 (H.R. 5107).
The legislation will provide approximately $1 billion in funding over five years to eliminate the DNA backlog and help to put thousands of rapists behind bars.
Lifetime has been working for more than two years with rape survivors and leading advocacy organizations like the National Center for Victims of Crime and RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) to draw attention to the problem of the DNA rape-kit backlog.
The bill is now on the way to the White House for President Bush’s signature.
"This bill is truly a Lifetime bill," rape survivor and activist Debbie Smith said in a prepared statement. "When this bill passes, it will be due in large part to their efforts.”