Senate Bill 89, which calls for the creation of an Innocence Commission to investigate the causes behind wrongful convictions, on Monday (Jan. 28) was referred to the state senate’s Criminal Justice committee. The proposed legislation, authored by Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houst0n), is in response to more than 300 post-conviction DNA exonerations across the country. Eleven states have created Innocence Commissions. A story in the Saturday, Jan. 26, issue of the Hood County News stated that some who work within the justice system believe the state Legislature will once again decline to pass the bill that Ellis has been pushing since 2005. Hood County’s representatives – Sen. Brian Birdwell and Rep. Jim Keffer – do not favor creating a new government entity.
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