HANK SKINNER, DARRELL HUNT AND OTHERS; DNA AND JUSTICE DENIED.
“Forensic DNA profiling has certainly revolutionized criminal investigations. But the full potential of forensic DNA testing to uncover wrongful convictions will not be realized until barriers to providing convicted felons access to crime scene evidence are removed, until laws are widely implemented requiring the preservation of evidence, and until resources for post-conviction testing are made available to those with a claim of innocence.”
SHELDON KRIMSKY AND TANIA SIMONCELLI; OP-ED. THE LOS ANGELES TIMES;
(Sheldon Krimsky is a professor of urban and environmental policy and planning at Tufts University. Tania Simoncelli is former science advisor to the ACLU. They are the coauthors of the book ” Genetic Justice: DNA Databanks, Criminal Investigation, and Civil Liberties.”)
“We have seen repeatedly that DNA can shed light on wrongful convictions. To date, about 250 people who were wrongly convicted have been exonerated because of DNA evidence that was reexamined after they were pronounced guilty,” the L/A. Times Op-Ed piece by Sheldon Krimsky and Tania Simoncelli published on December 22, 2010 begins, under the heading, “DNA and justice denied: We are a long way from a system that grants fair access to DNA testing for convicted criminals.”
“But we are a long way from a system that grants fair access to DNA testing,” the column continues.