Post-conviction DNA Testing in Mississippi

Any person sentenced by a court may apply for post-conviction DNA testing, including those presently incarcerated, civilly committed, on parole or probation, or subject to sex offender registration. Testing may be granted if results could demonstrate by reasonable probability that the petitioner would not have been convicted, or would have received a lesser sentence, if the results of such testing had been available at the time of the original prosecution. Persons who pled guilty, nolo contendere, confessed or admitted to a crime may apply for testing. The state shall bear the costs of testing for indigent petitioners and may appoint them counsel. Effective: 1995; Amended most recently: 2009.

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