Eyewitness Identification Reform

Wyoming has no statewide eyewitness identification reform policy.

Recording of Interrogations

Wyoming has no state law requiring recorded interrogations.

Post Conviction DNA Testing

A person convicted of a felony may file for post-conviction DNA testing in the same district court that entered the judgment of conviction. Certain restrictions apply where an applicant was convicted on or after January 1, 2000. Prisoners convicted on or after January 1, 2000 must demonstrate ineffective assistance of counsel for failure to request the same testing prior to trial. Effective: 2008.

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New Non-DNA Evidence & Changes in Science

The Post-Conviction Relief Act allows a person to introduce new non-DNA evidence of innocence anytime after conviction, removing the previous two-year time limit. New non-DNA evidence may include scientific advancements that discredit forensic evidence used in a conviction. Effective: 2018.

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Evidence Preservation

State statute requires that upon a petition for post-conviction DNA testing in felony cases, the court shall order the state to preserve during the pendency of the proceeding all evidence that is material or relevant in the state’s possession or control that could be subjected to DNA testing and analysis. Effective: 2008.

Wyoming’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

Wyoming has no compensation law.

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