Eyewitness Identification Reform

Indiana has no eyewitness identification reform policy.

Recording of Interrogations

State evidence rule provides that unrecorded statements are inadmissible in felony prosecutions unless clear and convincing proof is offered of certain exceptions. Effective: 2011.

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Post Conviction DNA Testing

Persons convicted of and sentenced for murder or a class A, B, or C felony may apply at any time for post-conviction DNA testing with the court that determined the sentence. Effective 2001.

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Evidence Preservation

State statute requires that upon a petition for DNA testing the court must order all evidence to be preserved for murder and class A, B, and C felonies. Upon receiving the court order, the state will preserve the evidence during the pendency of the proceeding. Effective 2001.

Indiana's statute does NOT meet the best practices standards outlined by the NIST Technical Working Group on Biological Evidence Preservation.

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Exoneree Compensation

In 2019, Indiana enacted a law that provides $50,000 per year of wrongful incarceration to eligible exonerees. Additionally, exonerees are able to access any services offered by the Department of Correction, Community Corrections, or the courts, including: mental health services, substance abuse services, transition programs, and other rehabilitative and reintegrative resources. Effective: November 2019.

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