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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 …

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NEIP, New England Law | Boston and the Boston Bar Association Hold Successful Symposium

Check out photos from March 19th’s symposium sponsored by the New England Innocence Project, New England Law | Boston and Boston Bar Association!

Professor Brandon L. Garrett discussed his new book Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong, which analyzes what went wrong in the first 250 criminal convictions overturned on the basis of DNA …

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DNA Access Bill Becomes Law!

On Friday, February 17, 2012 Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed bill S.1987 into law, allowing potentially innocent inmates access to DNA evidence in their cases. Friday’s signing represents years of hard work and is a huge step in the right direction for justice …

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Massachusetts House of Representatives Unanimously Passes DNA Access Bill!

The New England Innocence Project (NEIP) is thrilled to announce that on Wednesday February 8, 2012 the Massachusetts House of Representatives unanimously passed bill S.1987 which would allow potentially innocent inmates access to DNA evidence in their cases. The cost-neutral bill passed the Massachusetts …

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House Debates DNA Access Bill Today!

Today is the day! The MA House of Representatives will be debating the DNA Access bill later today. If passed, potentially INNOCENT inmates in MA will be able to test the DNA evidence which could prove their innocence.

It’s not too late to call your representative and urge them to support the bill.

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News Roundup: DNA Access Bill

As the House of Representatives debates pending legislation granting inmates access to post-conviction DNA testing several news outlets have written stories exploring the topic. In July, the Massachusetts State Senate unanimously passed S.1987 granting inmates access to post-conviction DNA testing. The legislation is currently under review by the Ways and Means Committee in …

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NEIP on NPR

Executive Director, Gretchen Bennett, exoneree Dennis Maher, and reporter Michael Blanding will be featured on another local NPR station, WBUR 90.9 FM, tomorrow, discussing the DNA access bill. You can listen to them live on Wednesday, 11/23 at 3:00 pm. During the segment they’ll also take calls from listeners. The live call in number is …

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Boston Globe Magazine examines post-conviction DNA testing in MA

Massachusetts is one of two states without a post-conviction DNA access law. Gretchen Bennett (executive director), Dennis Maher, Anthony Powell, Kenneth Waters (exonerees) and Betty Anne Waters were featured in Sunday, November 21, 2011, Boston Globe Magazine story about legislation to change that.

The post-conviction DNA bill has passed unanimously in the state Senate and is …

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Justice After 20 Years

In 1992, a teenage girl was kidnapped at knifepoint as she waited for a bus. The assailant raped her and then demanded that she come to a nearby skating rink the following night with $100. The next night, a suspect was picked up from the skating rink, positively identified by the young woman, and charged …

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