Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Help Me Free The Innocent From Prison

I just signed the Innocence Project's petition to help prisoners in all 50 states get access to the DNA testing that can prove their innocence.

People in their teens and early 20s are the most affected by wrongful convictions, and I'm standing up with the Innocence Project to help free the wrongfully convicted. Click on the link below to sign the petition today!

CLICK here or type in http://www.innocenceproject.org/petition

Everyone deserves justice
I support DNA testing in every case where it can overturn a wrongful conviction or confirm guilt. Everyone deserves justice, and there is no reason to deny testing that could lead to the exoneration of an innocent person. Post-conviction DNA access benefits the wrongfully convicted and their families and it also helps crime victims, prosecutors, law enforcement officers and the public because it often identifies the true perpetrators of crimes.

The few states without DNA testing laws should immediately enact reforms that explicitly allow access to post-conviction testing.

All 50 states should have laws that ensure that DNA testing, when it has the possibility to overturn a wrongful conviction, is:

available to every person convicted of a crime, regardless of whether he or she is currently incarcerated;
available regardless of whether a convicted person confessed, pled guilty, or has exhausted his or her appeals; and
not subject to an expiration or sunset date.

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