Eyewitness Identification Reform

Mississippi has no eyewitness identification reform policy.

Recording of Interrogations

Mississippi has no law requiring recorded interrogations.

Post Conviction DNA Testing

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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Evidence Preservation

State statute requires law enforcement to automatically preserve biological material identified during the investigation of a felony that led to a conviction. The biological material must be preserved for the period of time that a person is incarcerated in connection with that case. Effective: 2009. Amended most recently: 2011.

Mississippi's statute meets the best practices standards outlined by the NIST Technical Working Group on Biological Evidence Preservation.

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Exoneree Compensation

Any person whose wrongful conviction was overturned on grounds not inconsistent with innocence is eligible for $50,000 for each year of wrongful incarceration with a maximum of $500,000, available within three years of pardon. Effective: 2009.

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