Eyewitness ID Reform Headed to Perry's Desk

The Senate today approved a measure that would reform the way law enforcement officers conduct identification lineups, a measure that criminal justice advocates hope will mean fewer wrongful convictions in the future. Under HB 215, police across the state would be required to adopt best practices for photo lineups and live lineups.

"It enacts a simple best practice to ensure we have reliable evidence in our courtrooms to ensure the conviction of the guilty and the protection of the innocent," said state Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston.

In Texas, 38 of the 44 exonerees who were cleared based on DNA evidence ...

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