News 09.29.17

This Week in Innocence News – September 29, 2017

By Innocence Staff

Here are some of this week’s news highlights:

Houston crime lab workers shield evidence from hurricane Harvey
Staff at the Houston Forensic Science Center successfully secured crime scene evidence ahead of hurricane Harvey to avoid loss or damage like that which was sustained in New Orleans during hurricane Katrina. Read more

Brooklyn tailor dresses the wrongfully convicted for what lies ahead
Last January, Bindle & Keep founder Daniel Friedman pledged to dress clients of the Innocence Project upon their release from prison, celebrating their freedom and facilitating their transition back into the work force. Fast Company

Texas refuses DNA testing for man scheduled to die in November
Innocence Project client Larry Swearingen is scheduled to die on November 16, despite DNA evidence that excludes him from the 1998 murder for which he was convicted. Texas courts have repeatedly struck down his requests for DNA testing of key evidence. The Intercept

States show promising signs of reforming informant practices
In an op-ed on Tuesday, University of California, Irvine Law professor Alexandra Natapoff discussed the need for greater transparency and tracking of the use of incentivized witnesses to avoid wrongful convictions.The Crime Report
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