Access to DNA and other forensic testing
IPNO supports robust post-conviction DNA testing laws that allow prisoners to petition the courts, after they are convicted, for DNA testing in cases in which a DNA test that was not available or utilized at trial could confirm guilt or prove innocence. The testing, if probative, should be available at no cost to the prisoner.
IPNO also supports the introduction of laws that allow prisoners to petition the courts after their conviction for other kinds of forensic testing, e.g., fingerprint comparison, that was not available or utilized at trial in cases in which DNA testing of the evidence is not suitable. These laws should allow testing no matter the amount of time that has passed since the conviction and should not be subject to procedural limitations.
Additionally, because every prisoner looked guilty based on the evidence known when they were convicted—even those later proven innocent by DNA testing—forensic testing laws should not permit prisoners to be denied testing because of evidence of their guilt.
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