The Dallas County District Attorney’s office will receive a grant for more than $450,000 to ensure that the office can continue reviewing past convictions for possible injustice and can pay for DNA testing in cases that were already reviewed but on hold due to lack of funds. The Justice, Equality, Human Dignity and Tolerance Foundation, a major Innocence Project supporter, announced the grant on Thursday.
The Dallas DA’s Conviction Integrity Unit was created in 2007 to review the cases of prisoners denied access to DNA testing by former administrations. Dallas County has seen more wrongful convictions overturned by DNA since 2001 – with 18 so far – than any other county in the nation.
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. (Dallas Morning News, 06/06/08)