Is Anybody in Favor of Convicting the Innocense? The Response in Congress

Michael Israel, Criminal Justice Washington Letter

It would seem that no issue could have less than unanimity than on the issue of convicting the innocent, but in the U.S. Congress there is considerable division. This paper will look at the "Innocense Protection Act," which has been absorbed into the "Justice Through DNA Technology Act," which together would seem to be reforms that none could possible oppose. Yet, there is considerable opposition, and passage seems problematic. Groups and positions both for and against this seemingly unassailable bill will be examined.

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