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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, August 8, 2005

Controversy Over DNA Rights for Inmates

Many states, including my home state of Ohio, are passing legislation that gives inmates who claim they are innocent a set period of time in which to seek DNA testing.  If these inmates miss the deadline or technology has not evolved to allow testing in their case (some case have a small or degraded sample that cannot be tested now, but might be testable in a few years when newer and more sensitive versions of DNA testing come along), then they miss the boat.  Some argue that these deadlines are unfair, while state officials often argue that they are necessary to bring finality to the process.  NPR covers this story in the context of Florida's ongoing struggle with this issue here.  [Mark Godsey]

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