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Winning Issue » WRONGFUL CONVICTION


DNA analysis of crime scene evidence can now conclusively determine if that evidence matches the person blamed for the crime. This evidence was not available to many wrongly-convicted people during their trial. DNA evidence has been used to exonerate at least 18 Americans on death row, some within days of their scheduled execution. The convictions of at least 310 other inmates have also been overturned after DNA evidence was analyzed. Advocates say there are innocent people currently languishing in prison that can be helped by this technology. However, it could be some time before this help arrives -as there is a backlog of 350,000 DNA samples from homicide and rape cases waiting to be examined. More than 200,000 DNA samples collected from convicted offenders also have yet to be cataloged. The FBI’s DNA database contains more than 10 million profiles of convicted criminals. It has been instrumental in more than 200,000 crime investigations since becoming operational in 1998.


Pending Legislation: none




Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current wrongful conviction policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support authorizing grant programs for the enforcement of crime victims' rights; including DNA training and education for law enforcement officers, sexual assault forensic exams, DNA research and development, identification of missing persons and improving the quality of legal representation for indigent defendants in capital cases; providing incentives to states to establish a reasonable process for resolving claims of actual innocence; helping states defray the costs of post-conviction DNA; extending the authorization of appropriations through 2018 for the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program, and wish to either reintroduce S.822 - Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2013 (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support authorizing grant programs for the enforcement of crime victims' rights; including DNA training and education for law enforcement officers, sexual assault forensic exams, DNA research and development, identification of missing persons and improving the quality of legal representation for indigent defendants in capital cases; providing incentives to states to establish a reasonable process for resolving claims of actual innocence; helping states defray the costs of post-conviction DNA; extending the authorization of appropriations through 2018 for the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program, and wish to either reintroduce S.822 - Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2013 (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
May 28, 2020
Pledge Period - Closing Date
June 10, 2020
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June 4, 2020


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