Austin's NPR Station
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Texas

Senate Bill Would Widen Access to DNA Evidence

dna.png
Image by Apers0n http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Apers0n
DNA evidence would be more accessible to prisoners appealing their convictions under a bill passed by the Texas Senate.

A bill passed in Texas Senate today would give prison inmates more access to DNA evidence, as they appeal their convictions.

The Associated Press reports the bill sponsored by State Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) would require DNA testing, if the biological evidence hadn't been tested before our would yield more accurate results with newly-developed testing techniques.

As many as 40 inmates have had convictions overturned in the past few years, based on retesting DNA evidence.

The Senate passed a similar bill last session.  The Texas House will take up the bill next.