DNA is a potent criminal justice tool. That is why the New York State Bar Association supports the expansion of the state DNA database.
However, expanding the DNA database alone will not guarantee that the innocent are exonerated and the guilty are convicted.
In 2009, the State Bar Association issued a report examining the causes of wrongful convictions. It recommended: videotaping police interrogations, improving police lineups, strengthening a prosecutor's obligation to turn over exculpatory evidence, and giving those who pleaded guilty an opportunity to later seek a DNA test.
We urge Governor Cuomo and the Legislature to enact a comprehensive package that addresses various causes of wrongful convictions.
Anything short of that will not protect the innocent or convict the guilty.
Contact: Brandon Vogel