Eyewitness Identification Reform

Missouri has no eyewitness identification reform policy.

Recording of Interrogations

All custodial interrogations of individuals arrested for committing or attempting to commit certain serious crimes shall be recorded when feasible. If a law enforcement agency fails to comply, the governor may withhold any state funds appropriated to the noncompliant law enforcement agency if the governor finds that the agency did not act in good faith in attempting to comply. Effective: 2009; Amended most recently: 2013.

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Post Conviction DNA Testing

Under the state statute, any prisoner who claims innocence may apply for post-conviction DNA testing with the sentencing court at any time. Effective: 2001.

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Evidence Preservation

State statute requires law enforcement to automatically preserve biological material in connection to a felony for which a defendant's DNA may be collected for entry into the state database. The length of the preservation period is not articulated. Effective: 2001. Amended most recently: 2006.

Missouri'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

Persons determined to be innocent through DNA evidence are eligible for $50 per day of post-conviction confinement if filed within one year of release. Effective: 2006.

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