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Texas Senate Bill to Increase Access to Post-Conviction DNA Testing

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 8:00pm

The Texas Senate has passed a bill that would reduce restrictions on post-conviction DNA testing by allowing biological evidence that was previously untested, or tested by older, potentially inaccurate techniques, to be tested and used as evidence in court.

The bill also requires any newly-discovered, unidentified DNA samples to be compared with a federal and state DNA databases to help find the actual perpetrator.

The bill could have serious implications for prisoners who claim DNA evidence could prove their innocence. Texas DNA testing has exonerated about 40 former inmates in recent years, the most in the nation, according to the Innocence Project.

Source: The Texas Tribune

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