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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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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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UPDATE- DNA Access Bill Awaits House of Representatives Discussion

UPDATE-If you an innocent person in prison in Massachusetts, and there is DNA evidence in your case, you do not have the right to test that evidence under current laws. NEIP exoneree Dennis Maher spent 6 extra years in prison because …

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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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Massachusetts Senate to Debate DNA Access Bill

This afternoon the Massachusetts State Senate will consider Senate Bill 1987 allowing inmates access to DNA testing. The formal session starts at 1pm. Betty Anne Waters and NEIP Executive Director Gretchen Bennett will be recognized by Senator Cynthia Stone Creem from the floor of the senate for their work in support of DNA testing that …

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NEIP Executive Director Speaks About Wrongful Convictions

NEIP Executive Director Gretchen Bennett was featured on the April 11th segment of the Callie Crossley Show. Gretchen was joined by Betty Anne Waters, who became a lawyer after her brother was wrongly convicted and ultimately secured his exoneration after 18 years in prison, and Brandon Garrett, a law professor at the University of …

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Boston Globe Focuses on Wrongful Convictions and Post Conviction DNA Access in Massachusetts

This week, two Boston Globe articles have shed light on wrongful convictions in Massachusetts, and what can be done to remedy them. In an op-ed, Brandon Garrett, a law professor at the University of Virginia, writes about Massachusetts exoneree Neil Miller. Miller was convicted of rape, largely based on mistaken eyewitness testimony. Garrett points out …

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