Texas bills target wrongful convictions - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

Texas bills target wrongful convictions

A brief look at some of the bills and proposals before the Texas Legislature that advocates say will help avoid wrongful convictions:

DNA testing: Some police chiefs want to take DNA samples from anyone arrested as suspects in crimes ranging as low as mid-level misdemeanors. Opposed by civil liberties groups as a massive invasion of privacy. The state already collects DNA after felony convictions and from suspects in violent crimes. The new plan would take more than 800,000 samples per year.

Innocence Commission: create a state panel to investigate why wrongful convictions happened. Supported by Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson.

Eyewitness identification: sets standards for how police conduct lineups and gather eyewitness testimony to ensure it is accurate.

Record interrogations: require electronic recording of interrogations of suspects in custody.

  • Today's Local News HeadlinesToday's Local NewsMore>>

  • Suspect in Hall County now in custody

    Suspect in Hall County now in custody

    Monday, November 20 2017 11:51 PM EST2017-11-21 04:51:35 GMT

    The Hall County Sheriff's Office says a suspect wanted out of Parker County is now in custody. 

    The Hall County Sheriff's Office says a suspect wanted out of Parker County is now in custody. 

  • Amarillo, Canyon expanding online presence

    Amarillo, Canyon expanding online presence

    Monday, November 20 2017 10:38 PM EST2017-11-21 03:38:22 GMT
    Source: amarillo.govSource: amarillo.gov

    Amarillo and Canyon are going through major online upgrades to connect with their residents in more user friendly ways.    after months of planning and work in the city's IT department, the city of Amarillo has officially launched a new website staff says is much easier to navigate for residents and visitors of all ages.    the main page allows you to check in on the latest city projects and announcements, and there are large tabs that can help pay bills, search ...

    Amarillo and Canyon are going through major online upgrades to connect with their residents in more user friendly ways.    after months of planning and work in the city's IT department, the city of Amarillo has officially launched a new website staff says is much easier to navigate for residents and visitors of all ages.    the main page allows you to check in on the latest city projects and announcements, and there are large tabs that can help pay bills, search ...

  • Randall County Sheriff's Office reporting phone scam

    Randall County Sheriff's Office reporting phone scam

    Monday, November 20 2017 10:14 PM EST2017-11-21 03:14:03 GMT
    SOURCE: KFDASOURCE: KFDA

    The Randall County Sheriff's Office is receiving reports of a familiar phone scam being tried again in our area. 

    The Randall County Sheriff's Office is receiving reports of a familiar phone scam being tried again in our area. 

Powered by Frankly