Criminal Procedures Legislation Aims to Prevent Wrongful Convictions

Convicting an innocent person is a travesty not only for the person, but also the community at large. This week Senator Joseph Keaveny (D-St. Louis) introduced SB 732, a bill that aims to prevent wrongful convictions by reforming a portion of Missouri’s criminal justice system.  The bill will focus on a few key areas, including development of written policies governing eyewitness identification procedures, guidelines for unrecorded interrogations, retaining biological evidence longer, and written guidelines for the identification, collection and preservation of biological evidence.

Elements of SB 732 were based on recommendations made by the American Bar Association after it conducted a 2012 study of Missouri’s death penalty system.  Various groups, including the MCC, were consulted in the drafting of the bill.
Posted: January 17, 2014

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