The Innocence Project and the Oklahoma Innocence Project praised Governor J. Kevin Stitt for signing bipartisan legislation to protect against the leading causes of wrongful convictions. Senate Bill 798 requires the use of evidence-based practices that prevent eyewitness misidentification, and Senate Bill 636 requires law enforcement to record suspect interrogations for murder and rape cases, a key protection against false confessions.
In Oklahoma, 11 wrongful convictions involved eyewitness misidentification and five involved false confessions since 1989, according to the National Registry of Exonerations. These cases cost taxpayers nearly $42 million in state compensation and civil payments.
Rep. MAX ABRAMSON
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