Texas Senate Votes To Strengthen DNA Testing

AUSTIN (AP) – The Texas Senate has voted to strengthen prison inmates’ access to post-conviction DNA testing.

Texas DNA testing has exonerated about 40 former inmates in recent years, the most in the nation, according to the Innocence Project.

State law allows post-conviction DNA testing if certain requirements are met. The bill by Sen. Rodney Ellis of Houston requires testing if biological evidence was not previously tested, or if new techniques would give more accurate results.

It also requires any newly-discovered, unidentified DNA samples to be compared with a federal and state DNA databases.

A similar bill passed the Senate in 2009.

The bill now goes to the House for consideration.

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One Comment

  1. Todd says:

    I think all republican tea terrorist in the congress and senate should have their DNA tested to be sure they are human ! I bet the result would be interesting !

  2. Courtier says:

    Spend 5 Millions on DNA Test.
    Free 1000 Innocent inmates.
    Save 50 Millions.

  3. Alex says:

    Once again the Republicans show their bias. They are clearly racist. ALL TEXANS should be ashamed of their state representatives.

    Impeach all of them.

    1. wyatt says:

      I’m only ashamed that YOU live in Texas. Shouldn’t you be busy packing for your move to The Peoples Republic of California? Why do you live here? LEAVE.

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