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March 3, 2013

State justice panel unveils recommendations

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

“There’s going to be a pathway for these inmates that are incarcerated — or even someone that may have passed on, a family member that wants to clear someone’s name when they’re actually innocent of a crime — to have access to this new technology,” said commission member Rep. Lee Denney, R-Cushing. Her bill to allow the testing has passed the House and is under consideration by the state Senate.
Drew Edmondson, a former Oklahoma attorney general and the commission’s chairman, said many of the recommendations could be voluntarily adopted by police departments and courts without legislation. Still, he added the report also recommends some legislative force behind the changes.
A common theme throughout the report is what law enforcement stands to gain from its recommendations, saying investigators and the broader public could be more confident in investigations.
“If the wrong guy is in prison, that means the guy that really did it is out on the streets,” Edmondson said. “And nobody feels more strongly about that than the people who wear badges and enforce the law.”

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