Massachusetts DNA Access Law Goes into Effect Today!
Today the Post Conviction Access to Forensic and Scientific Analysis Act goes into effect in Massachusetts, allowing potentially innocent inmates access to DNA evidence in their cases. This law represents years of hard work and is a huge step in the right direction for justice in Massachusetts. Massachusetts is the 49th state in the U.S. to enact a law of this kind. NEIP worked alongside a representative group of stakeholders convened by the Boston Bar Association that included prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement, and crime lab personnel to educate lawmakers about the importance of such legislation.
Above left: The House Gallery during the momentous vote on February 8, 2012.