On Wednesday, lawmakers in Salem heard from the Oregon Innocence Project (OIP) about House Bill 3206 that would increase the availability of DNA testing for people who may have been wrongfully convicted and imprisoned. Members of the Oregon Innocence Project were joined by exoneree Ted Bradford who was the first person in Washington State to be exonerated based on DNA evidence. Several media outlets throughout the state reported on the story:
- “Innocence Project seeks justice through bill to expand DNA use” (Salem Statesman Journal)
- “Oregon Lawmakers Consider Expanded Post-Conviction DNA Testing” (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
- “Former inmate makes case for expanded DNA testing in Oregon” (Portland Tribune)
- “Oregon’s Innocence Project fights to expand DNA testing laws” (Fox 12 Oregon)
You can obtain additional information regarding HB 3206 and the Oregon Innocence Project’s efforts to expand the availability of DNA testing on the OIP website.
Maloney Lauersdorf Reiner attorney, Janis Puracal, is a co-founder of the Oregon Innocence Project and spent the day with her OIP colleagues and Mr. Bradford in Salem advocating for the bill that encourages decisions based on objective scientific evidence.